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Rethinking Democratic Ideals in Light of Charles Peirce

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Talisse proposes a reconstruction of a pragmatist view of democracy based on Peirce's scientific method. I argue that on the one hand, Talisse's “Peircean” account of democracy is not truly Peircean because it ignores his metaphysics; on the other hand, that his account minimizes Peirce's possible contribution by focusing too narrowly on his epistemology. I show how Talisse's account is open to the same kind of objections he makes to Dewey's theory, and how Peirce's remarks on ethics can contribute towards a more compelling pragmatist democratic theory than Talisse allows.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2008


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