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Democracy as Culture: Deweyan Pragmatism in a Globalizing World

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Explores the significance of Dewey’s thought on democracy for the contemporary world.
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“It is high time, the editors suggest, that we stop bundling democracy with Western political systems in the way that Explorer has been automatically bundled with the Windows operating system. There is much valuable material in this book to aid the project of reconstructing democracy as an open-source conception—a conception applicable in many cultural architectures to guide the realization of a better quality community.” — J. E. Tiles, author of Dewey

“This book as a whole exhibits the fresh thinking Dewey called ‘experimental intelligence’: exploratory not dogmatic, boldly imaginative not clichéd, constructive not nugatory.” — George Allan, author of Higher Education in the Making: Pragmatism, Whitehead, and the Canon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791475881
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

At the National University of Singapore, Sor-hoon Tan is Associate Professor of Philosophy, and John Whalen-Bridge is Associate Professor of English Language and Literature. Tan is the author of Confucian Democracy: A Deweyan Reconstruction, also published by SUNY Press, and editor of Challenging Citizenship: Group Membership and Cultural Identity in a Global Age. Whalen-Bridge is the author of Political Fiction and the American Self.

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Table of Contents


On Richard Rorty
Bruce Robbins

1. Introduction—Pragmatism’s Passport: Dewey, Democracy, and Globalization
Sor-hoon Tan and John Whalen-Bridge

I. Universalizing Democracy Pragmatically

2. The Genesis of Democratic Norms: Some Insights from Classical Pragmatism
Larry A. Hickman

3. Reconstructing ‘Culture’—A Deweyan Response to Antidemocratic Culturalism
Sor-hoon Tan

II. Imposing Democracy

4. Globalizing Democracy—A Deweyan Critique of Bush’s Second-Term National Security Strategy
Sun Youzhong

5. Can Democratic Inquiry Be Exported? Dewey and the Globalization of Education
James Scott Johnston

6. Jane Addams: Pragmatist-Feminist Democracy in a Global Context
Judy D. Whipps

7. War Without Belief—On Louis Menand’s The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America
Bruce Robbins

III. De-centering Dewey

8. Dewey’s Difficult Recovery, Analytic Philosophy’s Attempted Turn
John Holbo

9. Descartes, Dewey, and Democracy
Cecilia Wee

10. Nonduality and Aesthetic Experience—Dewey’s Theory and Johnson’s Practice
John Whalen-Bridge

11. When Dewey’s Confucian Admirer Meets His Liberal Critic—Liang Shuming and Eammon Callan on John Dewey’s Democracy and Education
Jessica Ching-Sze Wang

12. Tang Junyi and the Very ‘Idea’ of Confucian Democracy
Roger T. Ames

Works Cited
List of Contributors

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