DescriptionThis exciting new book is the first comprehensive and critical study of the relationship between the Pragmatist tradition and political theory. Festenstein develops his argument through a detailed and original reading of four key thinkers: John Dewey, Richard Rorty, Jurgen Habermas and Hilary Putnam.
Part I: Dewey's Political Philosophy:.
1. Interpreting Dewey's Political Thought.
2. Pragmatism in the Moral Life.
3. Individuality and Democracy.
Part II: New Pragmatisms:.
4. An Overview.
5. Ethnocentrism and Irony.
""Pragmatism has been vigorously revived in philosophy, and Matthew Festenstein's book provides an exemplary and thoroughgoing account of its implications for political theory."" Raymond Plant, St Catherine's College, Oxford
""An interesting study which lives up to its own pretensions: to be a non-exhaustive, yet fresh look at a tradition which deserves attention from political theorists."" Acta Politica
* Offers a detailed and original reading of four major thinkers: John Dewey, Richard Rorty, J|rgen Habermas and Hilary Putnam.
* In recent years pragmatism has become a very trendy and popular area of study.