Legal Pragmatism: Community, Rights, and Democracy

Legal Pragmatism: Community, Rights, and Democracy

by Michael Sullivan
     
 

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In Legal Pragmatism, Michael Sullivan looks closely at the place of the
individual and community in democratic society. After mapping out a brief history of
American legal thinking regarding rights, from communitarianism to liberalism,
Sullivan gives a rich and nuanced account of how pragmatism worked to resolve
conflicts of self-interest and

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In Legal Pragmatism, Michael Sullivan looks closely at the place of the
individual and community in democratic society. After mapping out a brief history of
American legal thinking regarding rights, from communitarianism to liberalism,
Sullivan gives a rich and nuanced account of how pragmatism worked to resolve
conflicts of self-interest and community well-being. Sullivan's view of pragmatism
provides a comprehensive framework for understanding democracy, as well as issues
such as health care, education, gay marriage, and illegal immigration that will
determine its character in the future. Legal Pragmatism is a bold, carefully argued
book that presents a unique understanding of contemporary society, law, and
politics.

Editorial Reviews

Bruce Ackerman

"[This book] represents an genuine breakthrough.... [It] will have a large influence on the course of jurisprudential reflection in the decades ahead." —Bruce Ackerman, Yale University

Cheyney Ryan

"Against the charge... that pragmatism fails to take rights seriously, Sullivan responds that pragmatism provides us with the best account of why we should take rights seriously." —Cheyney Ryan, University of Oregon

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"Against the charge... that pragmatism fails to take rights seriously, Sullivan responds that pragmatism provides us with the best account of why we should take rights seriously." —Cheyney Ryan, University of Oregon

"[This book] represents an genuine breakthrough.... [It] will have a large influence on the course of jurisprudential reflection in the decades ahead." —Bruce Ackerman, Yale University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253116987
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
06/14/2007
Series:
American Philosophy
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
0 MB

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Cheyney Ryan
"Against the charge . . . that pragmatism fails to take rights seriously, Sullivan responds that pragmatism provides us with the best account of why we should take rights seriously."--(Cheyney Ryan, University of Oregon)
Bruce Ackerman
"[This book] represents a genuine breakthrough. . . . [It] will have a large influence on the course of jurisprudential reflection in the decades ahead."--(Bruce Ackerman, Yale University)

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