Pragmatism, Nation, and Race

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<P>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 America.</P>
<P>Acknowledgments</P><P>Introduction: Community in the Age of Empire<BR>Chad Kautzer and Eduardo Mendieta</P><P>Part 1. Transformative Communities and Enlarged Loyalties </P><P>1. When Philosophy Paints Its Blue on Gray: Irony and the Pragmatist Enlightenment<BR>Robert Brandom</P><P>2. The Unexamined Frontier: Dewey, Pragmatism, and America Enlarged<BR>David H. Kim</P><P>3. Pragmatism and Solidarity with the Past<BR>Max Pensky</P><P>4. Mead on Cosmopolitanism, Sympathy, and War <BR>Mitch Aboulafia</P><P>5. Deliberating about the Past: Decentering Deliberative Democracy<BR>James Bohman</P><P>Part 2. The Racial Nation</P><P>6. Race, Nation, and Nation-State: Tocqueville on (U.S.) American Democracy<BR>Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr.</P><P>7. William James on Nation and Race<BR>Harvey Cormier</P><P>8. Race, Culture, and Black Self-Determination<BR>Tommie Shelby</P><P>9. Prophetic Vision and Trash Talkin': Pragmatism, Feminism, and Racial Privilege<BR>Shannon Sullivan</P><P>Part 3. The Tragedy and Comedy of Empire</P><P>10. The Unpredictable American Empire<BR>Richard Rorty </P><P>11. Transcending the "Gory Cradle of Humanity": War, Loyalty, and Civic Action in Royce and James<BR>Eduardo Mendieta</P><P>12. Pragmatism and War<BR>Robert Westbrook</P><P>13. Laughter against Hubris: A Preemptive Strike<BR>Cynthia Willett</P><P>Interview with Cornel West, Conducted by Eduardo Mendieta</P><P>Bibliography<BR>List of Contributors<BR>Index</P>



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Published 09 June 2009
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