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Pragmatism and Diversity
Dewey in the Context of Late Twentieth Century Debates
 
 
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17 Jan 2012
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Diversity is both an unavoidable aspect of twenty-first century living and a powerful challenge to older philosophical traditions that still assume as normatively universal a set of values, ways of thinking, institutions, and habits of living that emerged within earlier eras of more homogeneous cultures, less developed technologies, and more accepted forms of linguistic, legal, religious, economic, political, and military domination. Within recent years, new styles of philosophical discourse, including deconstruction, postmodernism, feminism, post-colonialism, and critical race theory, have persuasively challenged these universalistic assumptions to reveal the important human differences they marginalize. Experience-based appreciation of the mutually educative potential of diverse standpoints as well as sober concern about the perils of our present times have led many thinkers to look for contemporary forms of pragmatism and cosmopolitanism as hospitable intellectual gathering places for urgently needed cross-difference conversations that may reflect and give substance to shared visions of democratic diversity. The eight authors in this volume engage in cross-difference conversations with other thinkers from earlier periods and other philosophical traditions, as well as with each other, in order to reconstruct pragmatism and cosmopolitanism in ways that are more attuned to our lived experience of diversity as well as our hopes for a diversity-appreciating democratic future. 


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Diversity is both an unavoidable aspect of twenty-first century living and a powerful challenge to older philosophical traditions that still assume as normatively universal a set of values, ways of thinking, institutions, and habits of living that emerged within earlier eras of more homogeneous cultures, less developed technologies, and more accepted forms of linguistic, legal, religious, economic, political, and military domination. Within recent years, new styles of philosophical discourse, including deconstruction, postmodernism, feminism, post-colonialism, and critical race theory, have persuasively challenged these universalistic assumptions to reveal the important human differences they marginalize. Experience-based appreciation of the mutually educative potential of diverse standpoints as well as sober concern about the perils of our present times have led many thinkers to look for contemporary forms of pragmatism and cosmopolitanism as hospitable intellectual gathering places for urgently needed cross-difference conversations that may reflect and give substance to shared visions of democratic diversity. The eight authors in this volume engage in cross-difference conversations with other thinkers from earlier periods and other philosophical traditions, as well as with each other, in order to reconstruct pragmatism and cosmopolitanism in ways that are more attuned to our lived experience of diversity as well as our hopes for a diversity-appreciating democratic future. 


Contents

The Roots of Diversity in Pragmatist Thought; J.Campbell 
The Context of Diversity vs. The Problem of Diversity; W.Gavin 
Reading Dewey and Mouffe on Democratic Norms; L.Hickman 
Cultivating Pragmatist Cosmopolitanism: The Diverse Democratic Community after Huntington and Benhabib; J.Green
Green Democracy - Practice as Needed; M.Eldridge 
Dewey and Levinas on Pluralism, the Other, and Democracy; J.Garrison 
Reconstruction of Philosophy and Inquiry into Human Affairs - Deweyan Pragmatism in Dialogue with the Postmodern Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman; S.Neubert & K.Reich
Diverse Communities - Dewey's Theory of Democracy as a Challenge for Foucault, Bourdieu, and Rorty; K.Reich 
Conclusion: The Future of Democratic Diversity


Authors

STEFAN NEUBERT Director of the Office for International Relations at the Universität zu Köln, Germany.
KERSTEN REICH University Professor at the Universität zu Köln, Germany.
JUDITH M. GREEN Associate professor of Philosophy and co-director of Women's Studies at Fordham University, USA.