Truth, Politics, Morality: Pragmatism and Deliberation

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Can we criticize those who hold beliefs which are likely to be wrong? Or must we abandon notions of truth and objectivity and claim that certain beliefs are best for us while incompatible beliefs are best for others? Truth, Politics, Morality addresses this crucial issue and its implications for democracy by arguing that the notion of truth ought to be returned to the center of moral and political philosophy. Cheryl Misak persuasively makes a case for a certain kind of pragmatism in which a true belief is one that could not be improved by inquiry, nor defeated by experience or argument. Her compelling discussion makes sense of the idea that, despite conflict, pluralism, and the expression of difference, our moral and political beliefs aim at truth and can be subject to justified criticism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415140355
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/29/1999
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The problem of justification 9
Carl Schmitt and the aim of substantive homogeneity 9
Rorty and the abandonment of justification 12
Rawls: political, not metaphysical 18
Harmony and the virtues of deliberation 29
Habermas, Apel, and the transcendental argument 35
2 Truth, inquiry, and experience: a pragmatist epistemology 48
Peirce, truth, and the end of inquiry 48
Philosophy, practice, and correspondence 51
Pragmatism and disquotationalism 57
Pragmatism, superassertibility, and pluralism about truth 64
Bivalence 67
The role of truth in inquiry 73
Experience: taking it seriously 78
Holism and radical holism 84
Moral inquiry 90
Convergence and the end of inquiry 95
3 Moral deliberation 102
Truth-seekers and reason-givers 102
Neutrality: three senses 108
The principle of neutrality 111
Public/private 117
Modesty and the philosopher 122
Conflict, difference, and community 127
Pluralism, underdetermination, and defeated reasons 136
Schmitt, coercion, and when we have talked enough 147
Conclusion 155
Notes 157
Bibliography 168
Index 180
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