Pragmatism, Nation, and Race (Paperback)

Community in the Age of Empire (American Philosophy)

By Chad Kautzer (Editor), Eduardo Mendieta (Editor)

Indiana University Press, 9780253220783, 319pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2009

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Pragmatism has been called "the chief glory of our country's intellectual tradition" by its supporters and "a dog's dinner" by its detractors. While acknowledging pragmatism's direct ties to American imperialism and expansionism, Chad Kautzer, Eduardo Mendieta, and the contributors to this volume consider the role pragmatism plays, for better or worse, in current discussions of nationalism, war, race, and community. What can pragmatism contribute to understandings of a diverse nation? How can we reconcile pragmatism's history with recent changes in the country's racial and ethnic makeup? How does pragmatism help to explain American values and institutions and fit them into new national and multinational settings? The answers to these questions reveal pragmatism's role in helping to nourish the fundamental ideas, politics, and culture of contemporary America.

About the Author

Chad Kautzer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado Denver.Eduardo Mendieta is Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. He is editor of Latin American Philosophy (IUP, 2003).