A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy [NOOK Book]

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In recent years there has been a renewed interest in American pragmatism. In political philosophy, the revival of pragmatism has led to a new appreciation for the democratic theory of John Dewey.

In this book, Robert B. Talisse advances a series of pragmatic arguments against Deweyan democracy. Particularly, Talisse argues that Deweyan democracy cannot adequately recognize pluralism, the fact that intelligent, sincere, and well-intentioned persons can disagree sharply and ...

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Overview

In recent years there has been a renewed interest in American pragmatism. In political philosophy, the revival of pragmatism has led to a new appreciation for the democratic theory of John Dewey.

In this book, Robert B. Talisse advances a series of pragmatic arguments against Deweyan democracy. Particularly, Talisse argues that Deweyan democracy cannot adequately recognize pluralism, the fact that intelligent, sincere, and well-intentioned persons can disagree sharply and reasonably over moral ideals. Drawing upon the epistemology of the founder of pragmatism, Charles S. Peirce, Talisse develops a conception of democracy that is anti-Deweyan but nonetheless pragmatist. Talisse then brings the Peircean view into critical conversation with contemporary developments in democratic theory, including deliberative democracy, Rawlsian political liberalism, and Richard Posner’s democratic realism. The result is a new pragmatist option in democratic theory.

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"With clarity and force, Talisse's immensely readable book briskly acquaints readers with the complex theories necessary to grappling with issues worth caring about. While meticulously attentive to pertinent scholarship, Talisse is never pedantic or jargonistic. He educates the reader by reiterating exactly the premises necessary to move his theses ahead. By the end, the reader feels a real stake in the questions and answers posed; I cannot recommend PPD highly enough."—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Talisse’s book is a smart contribution to several different discussions in political theory, and is well worth a serious read."— Political Theory

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Meet the Author

Robert B. Talisse is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, USA., and is also author of Democracy After Liberalism.

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Table of Contents


Preface     viii
Pragmatism's Ambiguous Legacy     1
Can Democracy be a Way of Life?     27
Peirce, Inquiry, and Politics     54
Pluralism and the Peircean View     76
Posner's Pragmatic Realism     99
The Case of Sidney Hook     114
Epilogue: The Eclipse Narrative Revisited     131
Notes     139
Works Cited     148
Index     160
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    Paperback please!

    An important book. The author criticizes all of the junk philosophy done in the name of pragmatism and argues for his own pragmatic democracy. Please publish this book as an affordable paperback.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    Challenging

    This is a challenging and challenge-filled book. Talisse takes aim at Dewey's political/democratic theory and its proponents of today. He argues that 'democracy as a way of life' is unacceptable in a pluralistic modern democracy and shows that toady's Deweyans out of touch with political reality. The author's alternative, 'Peircean Democracy', is raised as an acceptable pragmatist alternative. I'm not sure it works in the end. One caveat is that the book is very argumentative and sometimes nasty in criticizing its opponents. I think a more sympathetic tone would serve the book better. Still if you are a Deweyan you should read and fight against this book.

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