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Obama’s Principled Pragmatism

Obama’s Principled Pragmatism Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 8, No. 2 (December 2011), 31­42 Editions Rodopi © 2011 This article explores the question of Barrack Obama's pragmatism. Obama has been labeled pragmatic by many observers and it is my contention that is worth inquiring into what this term means when it is used in various contexts. In particular I am interested in the connection between Obama's pragmatism and the philosophical tradition of pragmatism. In my analysis, Obama exhibits many characteristics of philosophical pragmatism, which provides an opportunity for philosophical pragmatists to join in a broader debate about political discourse. 1. Is Obama a Pragmatist? The question of whether or not Barrack Obama is a pragmatist, and if he is what kind of pragmatist is he, is one that I believe deserves serious attention by those who care about philosophical pragmatism. In my attempt to answer that question I will put forth the argument not that Barack Obama should be included in the pantheon of great thinkers in the philosophical tradition of pragmatism, but rather that Obama should be understood as pragmatic in a sense that can aid in the evaluation of his Presidency and can contribute to a broader understanding of the philosophical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Obama’s Principled Pragmatism

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 8 (2): 31 – Apr 21, 2011

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Brill
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© Copyright 2011 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1572-3429
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1875-8185
DOI
10.1163/18758185-90000199
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Abstract

Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 8, No. 2 (December 2011), 31­42 Editions Rodopi © 2011 This article explores the question of Barrack Obama's pragmatism. Obama has been labeled pragmatic by many observers and it is my contention that is worth inquiring into what this term means when it is used in various contexts. In particular I am interested in the connection between Obama's pragmatism and the philosophical tradition of pragmatism. In my analysis, Obama exhibits many characteristics of philosophical pragmatism, which provides an opportunity for philosophical pragmatists to join in a broader debate about political discourse. 1. Is Obama a Pragmatist? The question of whether or not Barrack Obama is a pragmatist, and if he is what kind of pragmatist is he, is one that I believe deserves serious attention by those who care about philosophical pragmatism. In my attempt to answer that question I will put forth the argument not that Barack Obama should be included in the pantheon of great thinkers in the philosophical tradition of pragmatism, but rather that Obama should be understood as pragmatic in a sense that can aid in the evaluation of his Presidency and can contribute to a broader understanding of the philosophical

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Published: Apr 21, 2011

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