Pragmatism and the Reflective Life

Pragmatism and the Reflective Life

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Pragmatism and the Reflective Life explains the moral perspective embedded in the American pragmatist tradition and offers pragmatist moral thought as an alternative to analytic moral theory. Following the lead of John Dewey, Rosenbaum explores what it means to make the ideal of the reflective life implicit in pragmatism central to an understanding of morality. The discussion illuminates how this ideal of the reflective life captures the value of both individual autonomy and communal ideals and encourages commitment to a radically idealistic and ecumenical hope in the power of inclusive democracy and global egalitarianism.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 210 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739132393
  • 9780739132395

About Stuart Rosenbaum

Stuart E. Rosenbaum is professor of philosophy at Baylor University.show more

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In this lucid study, Rosenbaum does an excellent job of presenting a topic that gets less attention than it deserves: the ethical significance of pragmatism. Rosenbaum does an excellent job of relating this moral outlook to issues in education, politics, and contemporary society. This book is a clearly written and well-reasoned defense of pragmatism as a moral philosophy. Highly recommended. Even those of us who are not persuaded by the pragmatist claim that thought is always bound by its historical circumstances can find much to appreciate in Professor Rosenbaum's attack on the idea of moral theory. He reminds us that sound morals require attention to circumstances, not abstract theorizing.--David Fott, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rosenbaum rewards readers of this splendid book with lucid prose as well as with a compelling vision of a cosmopolitan, egalitarian, and democratic future. In conversation with classical and contemporary pragmatists and their critics, he presents a daring new conception of the reflective life in which habit, imagination, resourcefulness, and creativity are more central than are the traditional constructs of belief, desire, reason, and passion. Rosenbaum s leadership among neo-pragmatists is clear, and this book is certain to be influential for a long time.--Guy Axtell, University of Nevada-Reno" Rosenbaum rewards readers of this splendid book with lucid prose as well as with a compelling vision of a cosmopolitan, egalitarian, and democratic future. In conversation with classical and contemporary pragmatists and their critics, he presents a daring new conception of the reflective life in which habit, imagination, resourcefulness, and creativity are more central than are the traditional constructs of belief, desire, reason, and passion. Rosenbaum's leadership among neo-pragmatists is clear, and this book is certain to be influential for a long time.--Guy Axtell, University of Nevada-Reno This is a fine example of what it means to think as a pragmatist, with the classical texts of Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey as Rosenbaum's conversational partners in his own treatments of democracy, education, and 'the reflective life.' In an engaging manner, Rosenbaum weaves knowledgeable discussions of these classical figures and such contemporary pragmatists as Richard Bernstein and Hilary Putnam with observations and examples from his own life and culture.--Russell B. Goodman, Regents Professor, Emeritus, University of New Mexicoshow more

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