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Pragmatism and Social Hope: Deepening Democracy in Global Contexts


reviewed by Richard Eldridge June 29, 2009

coverTitle: Pragmatism and Social Hope: Deepening Democracy in Global Contexts
Author(s): Judith M. Green
Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York
ISBN: 023114458X, Pages: 304, Year: 2008
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Pragmatism and Social Hope offers a broad roadmap for “achieving our world” (p. 7) by drawing on and furthering “yearnings for deep democracy” (p. 6). The democracy in question is the Deweyan vision of a comprehensive “quality of social living” (p. 2) rather than a matter of life under procedural institutions alone. It is the democracy that Whitman, James, Dewey, and Baldwin dreamed of and gestured toward: a democracy of the reciprocal construction of more continuously meaningful and fulfilling human life. Both in moving toward such a democracy and in sustaining it, philosophers will serve not as theorists of eternal forms of the good, but rather as “liaison officers” promoting conversations among different disciplines, cultural formations, and habits of thought and practice. Green develops her vision of deep, global democracy by using the work of Richard Rorty as a continuous foil. Rorty turned officially to Whitman, James, and Dewey in order... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 29, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15701, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 3:18:35 AM

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  • Richard Eldridge
    Swarthmore College
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    RICHARD ELDRIDGE is Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College. He is the author of Literature, Life, and Modernity (Columbia, 2008) and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature. He will spend 2009-10 at the Freiburg Research Institute for Advanced Studies (Germany) working on images of history in Kant and Benjamin.
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