Pragmatism, Critique, Judgment: Essays for Richard J. Bernstein

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The work of Richard J. Bernstein has achieved a groundbreaking synthesis of the analytical and continental modes of thought. Countering the highly technical metaphysical and epistemological puzzles of analytic philosophy in the early 1960s,Bernstein offered a model of philosophy in a democratic society as the work of the engaged public intellectual. Working within the tradition of American pragmatism, he also changed that tradition by opening it to the international intellectual currents of phenomenology, ...

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Overview

The work of Richard J. Bernstein has achieved a groundbreaking synthesis of the analytical and continental modes of thought. Countering the highly technical metaphysical and epistemological puzzles of analytic philosophy in the early 1960s,Bernstein offered a model of philosophy in a democratic society as the work of the engaged public intellectual. Working within the tradition of American pragmatism, he also changed that tradition by opening it to the international intellectual currents of phenomenology, deconstructionism, and critical theory. These essays by leading philosophers and social thinkers pay tribute to Bernstein and reflect the themes that have engaged him throughout his career.Pragmatism, Critique, Judgment opens with a group of essays that examine the place of philosophy in a democratic society; included in this section are Richard Rorty's exploration of the legacy of American pragmatism and Jürgen Habermas's reconsideration of ethics in philosophy. The essays in the second section examine postpositivist social critique and include Jacques Derrida's consideration of the philosophical paradoxes of the death penalty. The third group of essays considers the theme of radical evil, and includes discussions of Bernstein's nuanced reading of Hannah Arendt. The book ends with a biographical essay based in part on a series of conversations with Bernstein himself.

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"As we plunge ever more rapidly into the brave new cyberworld awaiting us in the twenty-first century, it is unclear if we are becoming prosthetic gods, as Freud famously prophesied, or prosthetic devils. This scintillating collection,featuring essays from many of our leading cultural critics, provides plenty of fodder for both conclusions."—Martin Jay, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262524278
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Seyla Benhabib is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and author of The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era and other books.

Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Politics and Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, coeditor of the journal Constellations and coauthor of, among other books,Redistribution or Recognition: A Political-Philosophical Exchange.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Philosophy as a transitional genre 3
2 The moral and the ethical : a reconsideration of the issue of the priority of the right over the good 29
3 "... Ergo sum" - between poetry and philosophy 45
4 What is pragmatism? 73
5 Hegel's aphorisms about "the true" 93
6 Institutionalizing democratic justice : redistribution, recognition, and participation 125
7 Political philosophy and racial injustice : from normative to critical theory 149
8 Kantian questions, Arendtian answers : statelessness, cosmopolitanism, and the right to have rights 171
9 Capital punishment : another "temptation of theodicy" 197
10 Memory traces, archive, historical truth, and the return of the repressed : on the rediscovery of Freud's Moses 225
11 Omnipotence and radical evil : on a possible rapprochement between Hannah Arendt and psychoanalysis 243
12 Reflecting on judgment : common sense and a common world 261
13 Semprun and the experience of radical evil 295
14 The seventh demon : reflections on absolute evil and the Holocaust 307
15 A philosopher from New York 329
Works by Richard J. Bernstein 353
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