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Guest Editor’s Introduction

Guest Editor’s Introduction Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 9, No. 2 (December 2012), 1­4 Editions Rodopi ©2012 Brian E. Butler This volume focuses on democratic experimentalism, gathering a collection of new essays focusing upon its major outlines, as well as specific aspects of this theoretical approach. Together these essays offer conceptions of democracy and democratic governance that highlight experimentalist aspects of pragmatic thought, particularly Deweyan pragmatism, and its relationship to instantiation in concrete social and political institutions. This special issue of Contemporary Pragmatism centers on "democratic experimentalism." Not surprisingly, this strain of pragmatist thought emphasizes the centrality of experimentalism to legal and democratic theory. Surprisingly, even within pragmatist literature potentially experimentalist aspects of democracy are often ignored. In contemporary pragmatic thought this might be explained by an implicit acceptance of Rortian suspicion of the "scientism" shown in analytical philosophy. It might also be a result of Rawlsian preference for "ideal" theory. Either way it is a very significant omission. More narrowly, within the realm of legal pragmatism the importance of instrumental factors, experimentalism and systemic investigation are often discounted in favor of an emphasis upon the antifoundational, contextual and perspectival aspects of pragmatism. This becomes especially problematic in the realm of democracy and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Guest Editor’s Introduction

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 9 (2): 1 – Apr 21, 2012

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Brill
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© Copyright 2012 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1572-3429
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1875-8185
DOI
10.1163/18758185-90000227
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Abstract

Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 9, No. 2 (December 2012), 1­4 Editions Rodopi ©2012 Brian E. Butler This volume focuses on democratic experimentalism, gathering a collection of new essays focusing upon its major outlines, as well as specific aspects of this theoretical approach. Together these essays offer conceptions of democracy and democratic governance that highlight experimentalist aspects of pragmatic thought, particularly Deweyan pragmatism, and its relationship to instantiation in concrete social and political institutions. This special issue of Contemporary Pragmatism centers on "democratic experimentalism." Not surprisingly, this strain of pragmatist thought emphasizes the centrality of experimentalism to legal and democratic theory. Surprisingly, even within pragmatist literature potentially experimentalist aspects of democracy are often ignored. In contemporary pragmatic thought this might be explained by an implicit acceptance of Rortian suspicion of the "scientism" shown in analytical philosophy. It might also be a result of Rawlsian preference for "ideal" theory. Either way it is a very significant omission. More narrowly, within the realm of legal pragmatism the importance of instrumental factors, experimentalism and systemic investigation are often discounted in favor of an emphasis upon the antifoundational, contextual and perspectival aspects of pragmatism. This becomes especially problematic in the realm of democracy and

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Published: Apr 21, 2012

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