Legal Pragmatism: Community, Rights, and Democracy

Legal Pragmatism: Community, Rights, and Democracy

by Michael Sullivan
     
 

ISBN-10: 025321906X

ISBN-13: 9780253219060

Pub. Date: 06/28/2007

Publisher: Indiana University Press

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.

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253219060
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
American Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. What's Right with Rights and Wrong with Communitarianism?
2. Taking Rights and Pragmatism Seriously
3. Posner's Unpragmatic Pragmatism
4. Toward a Reconstructive Pragmatism
5. Reconstructing Judicial Review
6. Pragmatism, Genealogy, and Democracy

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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