Pragmatism, Critique, Judgment: Essays for Richard J. Bernstein

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MIT Press, 2004 - Philosophy - 379 pages
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The work of Richard J. Bernstein has achieved a groundbreaking synthesis of the analytical and continental modes of thought. Countering the highly technical metaphysical and epistemological puzzles of analytic philosophy in the early 1960s, Bernstein offered a model of philosophy in a democratic society as the work of the engaged public intellectual. Working within the tradition of American pragmatism, he also changed that tradition by opening it to the international intellectual currents of phenomenology, deconstructionism, and critical theory. These essays by leading philosophers and social thinkers pay tribute to Bernstein and reflect the themes that have engaged him throughout his career.Pragmatism, Critique, Judgment opens with a group of essays that examine the place of philosophy in a democratic society; included in this section are Richard Rorty's exploration of the legacy of American pragmatism and Jürgen Habermas's reconsideration of ethics in philosophy. The essays in the second section examine postpositivist social critique and include Jacques Derrida's consideration of the philosophical paradoxes of the death penalty. The third group of essays considers the theme of radical evil, and includes discussions of Bernstein's nuanced reading of Hannah Arendt. The book ends with a biographical essay based in part on a series of conversations with Bernstein himself.

 

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Contents

Philosophy as a Transitional Genre
3
A Reconsideration of
29
Ergo sumBetween Poetry and Philosophy
45
What Is Pragmatism?
73
Hegels Aphorisms about The True
93
Contents
100
Redistribution
125
From
149
Another Temptation of Theodicy
197
Memory Traces Archive Historical Truth and
225
On a Possible
243
Common Sense
261
Semprun and the Experience of Radical Evil
295
A Philosopher from New York
329
Works by Richard J Bernstein
353
Index
367

Statelessness
171

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About the author (2004)

Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Politics and Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, coeditor of the journal Constellations and coauthor of, among other books, Redistribution or Recognition: A Political-Philosophical Exchange.

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