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By Robert B. Westbrook

"The pragmatists' reaction to the declare that theirs is a deeply American philosophy has been much less to problem the declare than to try to embody it on their lonesome phrases. . . . it is easy to communicate of a countrywide philosophy as it is easy to no longer converse of a countrywide chemistry or physics. yet nationwide cultures have been complex and infrequently conflicted. therefore the connection among a philosophy and a countrywide tradition can be instantly shut and fraught with tension."—from Democratic wish

Pragmatism, as Richard Rorty has acknowledged, "names the executive glory of our country's highbrow tradition." In Democratic Hope, Robert B. Westbrook examines the different types of classical pragmatist proposal within the paintings of John Dewey, William James, and Charles Peirce, trying out in strong pragmatic style the reality of propositions via their effects in event. Westbrook additionally attends to the new revival of pragmatism through Rorty, Cheryl Misak, Richard Posner, Hilary Putnam, Cornel West, and others and to pragmatist traces in modern American political considering. Westbrook's goals are either historic and political: to make sure that the family tree of pragmatism is a decent one and to argue for a hopeful imaginative and prescient of deliberative democracy underwritten via a pragmatist epistemology and ethics.

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