Pragmatism, Nation, and Race

Pragmatism, Nation, and Race : Community in the Age of Empire

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Pragmatism has been called "the chief glory of our country's intellectual tradition" by its supporters and "a dog's dinner" by its detractors. While acknowledging pragmatism's direct ties to American imperialism and expansionism, Chad Kautzer, Eduardo Mendieta, and the contributors to this volume consider the role pragmatism plays, for better or worse, in current discussions of nationalism, war, race, and community. What can pragmatism contribute to understandings of a diverse nation? How can we reconcile pragmatism's history with recent changes in the country's racial and ethnic makeup? How does pragmatism help to explain American values and institutions and fit them into new national and multinational settings? The answers to these questions reveal pragmatism's role in helping to nourish the fundamental ideas, politics, and culture of contemporary more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 22mm | 480.81g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253220785
  • 9780253220783
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Pragmatism, Nation, and Race is an anthology that is as rare as it is important. Its essays cohere so seamlessly that the work reads more like a transcript of a single conversation than fourteen voices speaking to related themes. . . . This work offers such clear illuminations of fundamental concepts and current problems that it is an essential text for any scholar of pragmatism, critical race theory, post-colonialism, or American politics. . . . No matter your views on pragmatism, foreign policy, or America's status as an empire, a democracy, or both, parts of this work will irk you, others will uplift you, but every part will reward you.February 16, 2010 * Teachers College Record *show more

About Chad Kautzer

Chad Kautzer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado Denver.Eduardo Mendieta is Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. He is editor of Latin American Philosophy (IUP, 2003).show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Community in the Age of EmpireChad Kautzer and Eduardo MendietaPart 1. Transformative Communities and Enlarged Loyalties 1. When Philosophy Paints Its Blue on Gray: Irony and the Pragmatist EnlightenmentRobert Brandom2. The Unexamined Frontier: Dewey, Pragmatism, and America EnlargedDavid H. Kim3. Pragmatism and Solidarity with the PastMax Pensky4. Mead on Cosmopolitanism, Sympathy, and War Mitch Aboulafia5. Deliberating about the Past: Decentering Deliberative DemocracyJames BohmanPart 2. The Racial Nation6. Race, Nation, and Nation-State: Tocqueville on (U.S.) American DemocracyLucius T. Outlaw, Jr.7. William James on Nation and RaceHarvey Cormier8. Race, Culture, and Black Self-DeterminationTommie Shelby9. Prophetic Vision and Trash Talkin': Pragmatism, Feminism, and Racial PrivilegeShannon SullivanPart 3. The Tragedy and Comedy of Empire10. The Unpredictable American EmpireRichard Rorty 11. Transcending the "Gory Cradle of Humanity": War, Loyalty, and Civic Action in Royce and JamesEduardo Mendieta12. Pragmatism and WarRobert Westbrook13. Laughter against Hubris: A Preemptive StrikeCynthia WillettInterview with Cornel West, Conducted by Eduardo MendietaBibliographyList of ContributorsIndexshow more