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Pragmatism and the wide view of democracy

Author: Roberto Frega
Publisher: Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'In times of defiant populism, a refreshing, thought-provoking invitation to reorient attention from peoples to publics comes from Fregas lucid reconstruction of the elective affinity of democracy and pragmatism. Fregas wide view of democracy is an authentic must-read for democrats and pragmatists alike. — Alessandro Ferrara, Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, Author of The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)1090916616
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roberto Frega
ISBN: 9783030185619 3030185613
OCLC Number: 1105632420
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Part I --
Theoretical Framework --
2. Enlarging Democracy --
3. The normativity of democracy --
Part II --
The Historical Background --
4. The pragmatist social account of democracy --
5. The politics of democratic collective action --
Part III: Political Pragmatism --
6. From Civic Virtues to Democratic Habits --
7. Democratic patterns of social interaction --
8. A democratic experimentalist theory of institutions --
9. Democratic publics --
10. Pragmatism and democracy in a global world --
Conclusion: A research agenda for political pragmatism.
Responsibility: Roberto Frega.

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'In times of defiant populism, a refreshing, thought-provoking invitation to reorient attention from peoples to publics comes from Fregas lucid reconstruction of the elective affinity of democracy and pragmatism. Fregas wide view of democracy is an authentic must-read for democrats and pragmatists alike. — Alessandro Ferrara, Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, Author of The Democratic Horizon '"The cure for the ills of Democracy," wrote Jane Addams, "is more Democracy." Roberto Frega amends Addams to say that the cure is a "wide view of democracy"—one that encompasses our habits, social interactions, and forms of organization. Through a systematic philosophical, sociological and political analysis, Frega reveals how an inclusive group life and experimentalist institutions can revive our flagging democratic fortunes.' — Christopher Ansell, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA The aim of this book is to provide a fresh, wider, and more compelling account of democracy than the one we usually find in conventional contemporary political theory. Telling the story of democracy as a broad societal project rather than as merely a political regime, Frega delivers an account more in tune with our everyday experience and ordinary intuitions, bringing back into political theory the notion that democracy denotes first and foremost a form of society, and only secondarily a specific political regime. The theoretical shift accomplished is major. Claiming that such a view of democracy is capable of replacing the mainstream categories of justice, freedom and non-domination in their hegemonic function of all-encompassing political concepts, Frega then argues for democracy as the broader normative framework within which to rethink the meaning and forms of associated living in all spheres of personal, social, economic, and political life. Drawing on diverse traditions of American pragmatism and critical theory, as well as tackling political issues which are at the core of contemporary theoretical debates, this book invites a rethinking of political theory to one more concerned with the political circumstances of social life, rather than remaining confined in the narrowly circumscribed space of a theory of government.

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