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Robert B. Talisse, Democracy After Liberalism: Pragmatism and Deliberative Politics . New York: Routledge, 2005. Pp. x + 162. Cloth ISBN 0-415-95018-X. Paper ISBN 0-415-95019-8.

Robert B. Talisse, Democracy After Liberalism: Pragmatism and Deliberative Politics . New York:... usable without sacrificing the future and, of course, vice versa. Another historian once expressed a similar thought: "If you could not accept the past and its burden, there was no future" (Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men). This means accepting our history rather than rejecting it for pasts and futures which are so utopian that nobody can imagine how we could actually transition from our present situations to seemingly ideal ones. In the context of the cultural revolution of corporate capitalism, this translates to remaining open to the future possibilities now only nascent in our corporate capitalist inheritance. The key move inaugurated by corporate capitalism was a political economy no longer premised on self-sufficient subjectivity: corporations enabled forms of economic action which are intersubjective by definition. In negotiating the philosophical transition from the old modern individual self to the new post-modern social self, pragmatism and feminism provide philosophical pathways for keeping the promises of democracy alive within the emerging frame of corporate capitalism. At least, that is Livingston's argument. And it certainly demands more of a reply than scholars of pragmatism have yet given it. Colin Koopman, McMaster University The chief aim of Democracy After Liberalism is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Robert B. Talisse, Democracy After Liberalism: Pragmatism and Deliberative Politics . New York: Routledge, 2005. Pp. x + 162. Cloth ISBN 0-415-95018-X. Paper ISBN 0-415-95019-8.

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 3 (1): 180 – Apr 21, 2006

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usable without sacrificing the future and, of course, vice versa. Another historian once expressed a similar thought: "If you could not accept the past and its burden, there was no future" (Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men). This means accepting our history rather than rejecting it for pasts and futures which are so utopian that nobody can imagine how we could actually transition from our present situations to seemingly ideal ones. In the context of the cultural revolution of corporate capitalism, this translates to remaining open to the future possibilities now only nascent in our corporate capitalist inheritance. The key move inaugurated by corporate capitalism was a political economy no longer premised on self-sufficient subjectivity: corporations enabled forms of economic action which are intersubjective by definition. In negotiating the philosophical transition from the old modern individual self to the new post-modern social self, pragmatism and feminism provide philosophical pathways for keeping the promises of democracy alive within the emerging frame of corporate capitalism. At least, that is Livingston's argument. And it certainly demands more of a reply than scholars of pragmatism have yet given it. Colin Koopman, McMaster University The chief aim of Democracy After Liberalism is

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Published: Apr 21, 2006

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