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Reframing Barack Obama’s Thick Philosophical Pragmatism: An Experiment in Democratic Redirection

Reframing Barack Obama’s Thick Philosophical Pragmatism: An Experiment in Democratic Redirection Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 8, No. 2 (December 2011), 69­80 Editions Rodopi © 2011 This article focuses on the relationship between Barack Obama and pragmatism by reframing Barack Obama's deeply held values, carefully considered intellectual commitments, highly developed gifts, hypothetically framed transformative strategies, and their emerging outcomes in light of works by classical and contemporary philosophical pragmatists in order to help us clarify how we can advance pragmatism's meaning and relevance in the twenty-first century Imagine the gifted child of an idealistic, activist intellectual, a doctoral student of John Dewey's granddaughter, who raises him in the 1960's on islands in the Pacific where some of his friends and their families struggle to live and find life good amidst poverty, post-colonial distortions of politics, culture, and economy, and globalization's threats to their community-based lifeworlds.1 Imagine that mother's anthropological training and practice as an engaged insider, a listener and observer who participates in Southeast Asian communities' processes of framing their own problem-situations and the values that will matter to them in their necessary and unevadable transformation. Imagine her bringing this specific, local standpoint into the dynamic process of forming a larger body of culture-inclusive knowledge in her doctoral dissertation, studying the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Reframing Barack Obama’s Thick Philosophical Pragmatism: An Experiment in Democratic Redirection

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 8 (2): 69 – Apr 21, 2011

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Brill
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© Copyright 2011 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000202
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 8, No. 2 (December 2011), 69­80 Editions Rodopi © 2011 This article focuses on the relationship between Barack Obama and pragmatism by reframing Barack Obama's deeply held values, carefully considered intellectual commitments, highly developed gifts, hypothetically framed transformative strategies, and their emerging outcomes in light of works by classical and contemporary philosophical pragmatists in order to help us clarify how we can advance pragmatism's meaning and relevance in the twenty-first century Imagine the gifted child of an idealistic, activist intellectual, a doctoral student of John Dewey's granddaughter, who raises him in the 1960's on islands in the Pacific where some of his friends and their families struggle to live and find life good amidst poverty, post-colonial distortions of politics, culture, and economy, and globalization's threats to their community-based lifeworlds.1 Imagine that mother's anthropological training and practice as an engaged insider, a listener and observer who participates in Southeast Asian communities' processes of framing their own problem-situations and the values that will matter to them in their necessary and unevadable transformation. Imagine her bringing this specific, local standpoint into the dynamic process of forming a larger body of culture-inclusive knowledge in her doctoral dissertation, studying the

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Published: Apr 21, 2011

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