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Pragmatism and Political Theory
     

Pragmatism and Political Theory

by Matthew Festenstein
 

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This exciting new book is the first comprehensive and critical study of the relationship between the Pragmatist tradition and political theory. Festenstein develops his argument through a detailed and original reading of four key thinkers: John Dewey, Richard Rorty, Jurgen Habermas and Hilary Putnam.

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This exciting new book is the first comprehensive and critical study of the relationship between the Pragmatist tradition and political theory. Festenstein develops his argument through a detailed and original reading of four key thinkers: John Dewey, Richard Rorty, Jurgen Habermas and Hilary Putnam.

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"This is a splendid contribution to the lively conversation about the vitality of the pragmatic legacy, and a sympathetic, lucid, critical reconstruction of Dewey's political philosophy showing how his understanding of democracy is grounded in our moral life." Professor Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

"Pragmatism has been vigorously revived in philosophy, and Matthew Festenstein's book provides an exemplary and thoroughgoing account of its implications for political theory." Raymond Plant, St Catherine's College, Oxford

"An interesting study which lives up to its own pretensions: to be a non-exhaustive, yet fresh look at a tradition which deserves attention from political theorists." Acta Politica

Booknews
An exploration of the resources pragmatism has to offer normative political theory via the work of John Dewey and other pragmatist philosophers. Looks at pragmatism as it relates to moral philosophy, democracy, individuality, liberalism, freedom, ethnocentrism, and discourse ethics. The first of two parts is devoted to Dewey's political philosophy and the second deals with new pragmatisms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745616278
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/10/1997
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.91(d)

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Richard J. Bernstein
...a splendid contribution to the lively conversation about the vitality of the pragmatic legacy, and a sympathetic, lucid, critical reconstruction of Dewey's political philiosophy showing how his underscoring of democracy is grounded in our moral life. -- Author of John Dewey

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Matthew Festenstein is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Hull.

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