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A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy
     

A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy

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by Robert B. Talisse
 

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ISBN-10: 0415770882

ISBN-13: 9780415770880

Pub. Date: 07/16/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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 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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ISBN-13:
9780415770880
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/16/2007
Series:
Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

1. Pragmatism’s Ambiguous Legacy 2. Can Democracy be a Way of Life? 3. Peirce, Inquiry, and Politics 4. Pluralism and the Peircean View 5. Posner’s Pragmatic Realism 6. The Case of Sidney Hook 7. Epilogue: The Eclipse Narrative Revisited

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A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.