Festenstein, M. (2002) Pragmatism's boundaries. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 31 (3). pp. 549-571. ISSN 0305-8298
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.
|Institution:||The University of York|
|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|
|Publisher:||Millennium Pub Group|