Book Announcement: Pluralism, Pragmatism and American Democracy: A Minority Report

Pluralism, Pragmatism and American Democracy: A Minority Report now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp320, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Pluralism, Pragmatism and American Democracy: A Minority Report, edited by H.G. Callaway.

This book presents the author’s many and varied contributions to the revival and re-evaluation of American pragmatism. The assembled critical perspective on contemporary pragmatism in philosophy emphasizes the American tradition of cultural pluralism and the requirements of American democracy. Based partly on a survey of the literature on interest-group pluralism and critical perspectives on the politics of globalization, the monograph argues for reasoned caution concerning the practical effects of the revival. Undercurrents of “vulgar pragmatism” including both moral and epistemic relativism threaten the intellectual and moral integrity of American thought – and have contributed to the present sense of political crisis.

The text chiefly contributes to the evaluation of the contemporary influence of the philosophy of John Dewey (1859–1952) and his late development of the classical pragmatist tradition. In comparison to Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), William James (1842–1910), and earlier currents of American thought, Dewey’s philosophy, dominated by its overall emphasis on unification, is weaker in its support for the pluralism of cultural and religious contributions which have lent moral self-restraint to American policy and politics, both foreign and domestic. With all due homage to Dewey’s conception of philosophy, centered on human problems and the need for our ameliorative efforts, the argument is that in the contemporary revival, Dewey’s thought has been too often captured by “post-modernist” bandwagons of self-promotion and institutional control.

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About the Author

Dr H.G. Callaway has published widely in both the USA and Europe on the philosophy of language and meaning and on the interpretation of American intellectual history. He holds a doctorate in philosophy, has lectured widely both in the USA and in Europe, and has taught at various American and European universities and at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr Callaway’s work in American philosophy and intellectual history includes many professional articles and reviews, critical editions of works by Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James and a critical study of A.J. Dallas and the philosophy of law in the foreign relations of the early American republic. His most recent book, Edmund Burke, the Imperatives of Empire and the American Revolution, was published in 2016.

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