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More Publics, More Problems: The Productive Interface between the Pragmatic Sociology of Critique and Deweyan Pragmatism

More Publics, More Problems: The Productive Interface between the Pragmatic Sociology of Critique... Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 2 (December 2013), 1­24 Editions Rodopi ©2013 Meg Holden, Andy Scerri, and Cameron Owens We consider the prospect of a trans-Atlantic alliance for a social theory of critical pragmatism, seeking the specific value that French critical pragmatism can offer American pragmatists, and vice versa. We proceed through a discussion of the ontological and methodological keys to French critical pragmatism: the architecture of justification, the treatment of conflict in public disputes, the dynamics of argumentation, and the play of acts defined analytically as `test' and `compromise'. At each level, we compare this approach to Deweyan pragmatism. 1. Introduction The pragmatic `sociology of critique' has been developed over the past two and a half decades by a group of French scholars collaborating within the Groupe de sociologie politique et morale at l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. The approach seeks to interpret situated communication with a critical lens, to understand public disputes and political culture and practice, and to propose a structure for a range of common grammars and more nuanced understandings of the variegated socio-political landscapes in which public disputes occur. A critical pragmatic analysis of cases of disputed justice focuses not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

More Publics, More Problems: The Productive Interface between the Pragmatic Sociology of Critique and Deweyan Pragmatism

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 10 (2): 1 – Apr 21, 2013

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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 2 (December 2013), 1­24 Editions Rodopi ©2013 Meg Holden, Andy Scerri, and Cameron Owens We consider the prospect of a trans-Atlantic alliance for a social theory of critical pragmatism, seeking the specific value that French critical pragmatism can offer American pragmatists, and vice versa. We proceed through a discussion of the ontological and methodological keys to French critical pragmatism: the architecture of justification, the treatment of conflict in public disputes, the dynamics of argumentation, and the play of acts defined analytically as `test' and `compromise'. At each level, we compare this approach to Deweyan pragmatism. 1. Introduction The pragmatic `sociology of critique' has been developed over the past two and a half decades by a group of French scholars collaborating within the Groupe de sociologie politique et morale at l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. The approach seeks to interpret situated communication with a critical lens, to understand public disputes and political culture and practice, and to propose a structure for a range of common grammars and more nuanced understandings of the variegated socio-political landscapes in which public disputes occur. A critical pragmatic analysis of cases of disputed justice focuses not

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Published: Apr 21, 2013

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