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Legal Pragmatism : Community, Rights, and Democracy

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In Legal Pragmatism, Michael Sullivan looks closely at the place of the individual and community in democratic society. After mapping out a brief history of American legal thinking regarding rights, from communitarianism to liberalism, Sullivan gives a rich and nuanced account of how pragmatism worked to resolve conflicts of self-interest and community well-being. Sullivan's view of pragmatism provides a comprehensive framework for understanding democracy, as well as issues such as health care, education, gay marriage, and illegal immigration that will determine its character in the future. Legal Pragmatism is a bold, carefully argued book that presents a unique understanding of contemporary society, law, and politics.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 294.83g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 025321906X
  • 9780253219060
  • 1,300,944

Review quote

"Against the charge... that pragmatism fails to take rights seriously, Sullivan responds that pragmatism provides us with the best account of why we should take rights seriously." -Cheyney Ryan, University of Oregon "[This book] represents an genuine breakthrough.... [It] will have a large influence on the course of jurisprudential reflection in the decades ahead." -Bruce Ackerman, Yale Universityshow more

About Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Emory University.show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. What's Right with Rights and Wrong with Communitarianism?2. Taking Rights and Pragmatism Seriously3. Posner's Unpragmatic Pragmatism4. Toward a Reconstructive Pragmatism5. Reconstructing Judicial Review6. Pragmatism, Genealogy, and DemocracyNotesSelected BibliographyIndexshow more