Deweyan Experimentalism and the Problem of Method in Political Philosophy: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Deweyan Experimentalism and the Problem of Method in Political Philosophy

1st Edition

By Joshua Forstenzer

Routledge

272 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781138479906
pub: 2019-03-27
SAVE ~$21.00
Available for pre-order
$140.00
$119.00
x


FREE Standard Shipping!

Description

This book proposes a pragmatist methodological framework for generating practically relevant political philosophy. It draws on John Dewey’s social and political philosophy to develop an "experimentalist" method, thus charting a middle course between idealism and realism in political philosophy. Deweyan experimentalism promises to balance civic deliberation, empirical facts, and moral considerations by reconstructing Dewey’s pragmatist conceptions of ‘philosophy’ and ‘democracy’ from the perspective of social action. While some authors have taken the steps to articulate Dewey’s experimentalism, they have focused on institutional rather than methodological implications. This book is original in the ways in which it situates the role of ideas in political practice and contemporary political problems. Additionally, it underlines the similarities between today and the historical context in which Dewey wrote, connects Dewey’s social and political philosophy to Greek and Roman mythology, and concludes with a timely case study in which the author’s methodological insights are applied. The result is a book that offers a focused reconstruction of Dewey’s work and shows its relevance for engaging with contemporary issues in political philosophy and political theory.

Reviews

"This inspiring work combines informed and insightful exposition of Dewey’s philosophy with clear and compelling arguments about how to practice philosophy in ways relevant to concrete social and political problems. The scholarship is impressive, the attention to differing views responsible, and the writing style engaging. This is a valuable book for both students and scholars."Martin Coleman, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I

Chapter 1: The Problem of Method in Political Philosophy

Part II

Chapter 2: In Pursuit of Relevance: Dewey's Pragmatist Rejection of the Quest for Certainty

Chapter 3: Dewey’s Experimentalist Conception of the Role of Philosophy

Chapter 4: Objecting to Dewey’s Philosophic Ideal

Part III

Chapter 5: Dewey’s Call for Democratic Renewal

Chapter 6: Dewey’s Democratic Ideal: Democracy as a Way of Life

Chapter 7: Traditional Objections to Deweyan Democracy

Chapter 8: Deweyan Democracy, Robert Talisse and the Fact of Reasonable Pluralism

Part IV

Chapter 9: The Question of Method: Deweyan Experimentalism in Political Philosophy

Chapter 10: Experimentalism as a Method for 21st Century Political Philosophy: Democratic Innovation, Participatory Budgeting, and Civic Studies

About the Author

Joshua Forstenzer is a Faculty Fellow in the Social Sciences and the co-director of the Centre for Engaged Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, UK. Prior to that, he was the Vice-Chancellor's Fellow for the Public Benefit of Higher Education also at the University of Sheffield and a Democracy Visiting Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, USA. His work has been published in The Political Quarterly, The Transactions of the Charles Sanders Peirce Society, and The Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Sheffield.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in American Philosophy

This series is dedicated to monographs and essay collections that examine, from diverse theoretical perspectives, any aspects of America’s rich web of philosophical traditions, from the 17th Century onwards. Frequently associated with pragmatism, particularly in the United States, American philosophy also encompasses many other schools of thought, and has had a significant impact on the development of contemporary epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and political philosophy. By publishing outstanding treatments of its many diverse threads, this series aims to become the default resource for scholars and students interested in a full picture of American philosophy.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI019000
PHILOSOPHY / Political
PHI020000
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Pragmatism