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Renascent Pragmatism

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ISBN13: 9780754621805
ISBN: 0754621804
Published: October 2004
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00



Pragmatism is experiencing a resurgence in law, philosophy and social science, with pragmatists seeking a consistent, comprehensive and productive understanding of social life. In its four sections this book sets out to contribute to the reinvigoration of pragmatism as an important intellectual tradition and contributor to inquiry and change in social life. Each section of the book is introduced by essays from participants in the metaphysical club which met at Harvard between 1869 and 1872 and these essays sketch out key aspects of pragmatism upon which the original contributions build. Throughout the book, the concrete linkage between policy, theory and method is emphasized, while recognizing the philosophical tradition in which the inquiries and prescriptions rest.

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Contents:
Pragmatic Philosophy on Social, Legal, and Scholarly Practice - The ""Democracy of Self-Devotion"", William G. Weaver; The dilemma of democracy - diversity of interests and common experiences, Charlene Haddock Seigfried; A pragmatic response to the embarrassing problems of ideology critique in socio-legal studies, Brian Tamanaha; Pragmatic legal norms, Murray J. Leaf; Updating Pragmatist Informed Methods of Inquiry - Ethnography and pragmatism, Murray J. Leaf; The mathematical metaphysics of measurement and metrology - towards meaningful quantification in the human sciences, William P. Fisher; Pragmatists' Perspectives on Policy and Politics - The pragmatic policy analyst, Helen Ingram and Anne Larason Schneider; Does consensus work? - a pragmatic approach to public participation in the regulatory process, Cary Coglianese; Empirical Studies from Pragmatist Perspectives - A pragmatist theory of social movement leadership, Alfonso Morales and Robert R. Jimenez, Public interest lawyering and the pragmatist dilemma, Peter Marguiles.