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Guest Editor Introduction to a Symposium on Robert Westbrook’s Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and the Politics of Truth

Guest Editor Introduction to a Symposium on Robert Westbrook’s Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and... Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 4, No. 2 (December 2007), 1­2 Editions Rodopi © 2007 Brendan Hogan This symposium on Robert Westbrook's John Dewey and American Democracy explores the continuing relevance of pragmatism for democratic political theory. Robert Westbrook's John Dewey and American Democracy, published in 1991, was a rare book insofar as it was hailed by intellectuals whose disciplinary aims were very different from each other.1 As the commentators on the back of the book indicated, scholars working in sociology, English, and philosophy all had reason to turn to this work in addition to those in Westbrook's own field of history. Besides offering a compelling narrative, John Dewey and American Democracy also contained arguments that convincingly demonstrated theses concerning a variety of longstanding debates regarding Dewey's theory of education, his social philosophy, and his political theory. Far from being a strictly historical document, the text showed the relevance of Dewey's philosophy to contemporary democratic theory. Specifically, by relating Dewey to issues that have emerged in the New Left and more generally in political discourse concerning the norms of democracy, as well as by emphasizing Dewey's participatory and communicative pluralism, did John Dewey and American Democracy serve as a major http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Guest Editor Introduction to a Symposium on Robert Westbrook’s Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and the Politics of Truth

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 4 (2): 1 – Apr 21, 2007

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Brill
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© Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000065
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 4, No. 2 (December 2007), 1­2 Editions Rodopi © 2007 Brendan Hogan This symposium on Robert Westbrook's John Dewey and American Democracy explores the continuing relevance of pragmatism for democratic political theory. Robert Westbrook's John Dewey and American Democracy, published in 1991, was a rare book insofar as it was hailed by intellectuals whose disciplinary aims were very different from each other.1 As the commentators on the back of the book indicated, scholars working in sociology, English, and philosophy all had reason to turn to this work in addition to those in Westbrook's own field of history. Besides offering a compelling narrative, John Dewey and American Democracy also contained arguments that convincingly demonstrated theses concerning a variety of longstanding debates regarding Dewey's theory of education, his social philosophy, and his political theory. Far from being a strictly historical document, the text showed the relevance of Dewey's philosophy to contemporary democratic theory. Specifically, by relating Dewey to issues that have emerged in the New Left and more generally in political discourse concerning the norms of democracy, as well as by emphasizing Dewey's participatory and communicative pluralism, did John Dewey and American Democracy serve as a major

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Published: Apr 21, 2007

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