A Farewell to Deweyan Democracy: Towards a New Pragmatist Politics

36 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2007

Date Written: August 2007

Abstract

The revival of pragmatism has brought renewed enthusiasm for John Dewey's conception of democracy. Drawing upon Rawlsian concerns regarding the fact of reasonable pluralism, the author argues that Deweyan democracy is unworthy of resurrection. A modified version of Deweyan democracy recently proposed by Elizabeth Anderson is then taken up and also found to be lacking. Then the author proposes a model of democracy that draws upon Peirce's social epistemology. The result is a non-Deweyan but nonetheless pragmatist option in democratic theory.

Keywords: Deweyan Democracy, Pragmatism, Charles Peirce, Elizabeth Anderson, Social Epistemology

Suggested Citation

Talisse, Robert B., A Farewell to Deweyan Democracy: Towards a New Pragmatist Politics (August 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1005645 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1005645

Robert B. Talisse (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University ( email )

111 Furman Hall
Department of Philosophy
Nashville, TN 37240
United States

HOME PAGE: http://as.vanderbilt.edu/philosophy/bio/robertb-talisse

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
406
Abstract Views
1,533
rank
79,650
PlumX Metrics