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Pragmatism's boundaries

Festenstein, M. (2002) Pragmatism's boundaries. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 31 (3). pp. 549-571. ISSN 0305-8298

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Abstract

The core, and arguably constitutive, problem confronted by an international political theory is that of the status of borders. This paper argues that pragmatism possesses useful resources for thinking about this issue, if understood in the right way. I begin by positing pragmatism as defined by four core commitments: holism, fallibilism, anti-scepticism, and the primacy of practice. The paper then examines four ways of endowing these basic commitments with more determinate political content: anti-revisionism, social holism, Richard Rorty's `ethnocentric' conception of political philosophy, and Deweyan democratic inquiry. The article rounds off by outlining a well hedged defence of this last perspective, as both normatively attractive and capable of addressing some of the problems posed by boundaries.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2009 11:38
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2009 11:38
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/03058298020310030901
Status: Published
Publisher: Millennium Pub Group
Identification Number: 10.1177/03058298020310030901
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7036

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