Richard J. Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy: Thinking the Plural - American Philosophy Series (Hardback)
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Richard J. Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy: Thinking the Plural - American Philosophy Series (Hardback)

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Thinking The Plural: Richard J. Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy is a text devoted to highlighting, scrutinizing, and deploying Bernstein's philosophical research as it has intersected and impacted American and European philosophy. Collecting essays written explicitly for the volume from former students of Bernstein's, the book shows the breadth and scope of his work while expanding key insights into new contexts and testing his work against thinkers outside the canon of his own scholarship. In light of urgent contemporary ethical and political problems, the papers collected here show the continuing relevance of Bernstein's lifelong focus on democracy, dialogue, pragmatism, fallibilism, and pluralism. Bernstein has always contested the supposed Analytic/Continental divide, insisting on the pluralism of philosophical discourses and styles that contribute to genuine debate and save philosophy from stale academicism. This book enacts Bernstein's pluralistic spirit by crossing traditions and generating new avenues for ongoing research. A central argument of the book is that thinkers of different backgrounds, using diverse, and even clashing methodologies, contribute to the understanding of a given problem, issue, or theme. This argument lies at the heart of Bernstein's published works and is central to the fallibilistic pragmatism of his pedagogy. This book therefore does not rest on a single answer to a question or a univocal theme, but shows the differentiation of Bernstein's scholarship through the extension of pluralism into territory Bernstein himself did not enter. The chapters, individually and collectively, demonstrate the force of Bernstein's pluralism beyond mere commentary on his works. This book will be of interest to many people: 1) scholars, students and others in American philosophy who have worked on or with Richard J. Bernstein or in the tradition of American Pragmatism widely construed, 2) those interested in the intersections between American and European philosophy or between the Analytic and Continental traditions, 3) professional philosophers, philosophy students, and public intellectuals concerned with the application of theory to contemporary ethical and political problems, and 4) those interested in an introduction to the key concepts animating Bernstein's work and their relationship to the history of philosophy.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498530101
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 237 x 159 x 27 mm


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There is perhaps no greater legacy for a teacher like Richard Bernstein than to see his students take upon themselves the responsibility for moving forward conversations which he initiated. Bernstein's students extend, build upon and sometimes challenge his arguments. His epilogue alone is worth the price, but the real lesson comes as he responds to each argument with precision, insight, and humility. -- Warren G. Frisina, Hofstra University
Honoring Dick Bernstein (b. 1932), long-time professor of philosophy at New School for Social Research, this collection is an excellent reminder to those who have benefited over many years from Bernstein's scholarship and publications, e.g., Beyond Objectivism and Relativism (CH, May'84), Praxis and Action (CH, Jul'72), and critical appraisals of such figures as C. S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey, Hannah Arendt, Hans Gadamer, and Jurgen Habermas. In its own way each of the 11 essays explores what Bernstein called "engaged fallibilistic pragmatism." The essays are presented under two headings: "Judgment and Critique" and "Hermeneutics and History." The breadth of Bernstein's philosophical grasp is well demonstrated. But more significantly described is his character as a teacher promoting courage to hold firm to particular commitments and encounter the truth through new questions and texts. As Lauren Barthold puts it in her essay ("Acts of Betrayal: Gadamer and Hermeneutics"), "To perpetuate a tradition and keep it alive requires one to be open to applying it anew and living it out in different ways." This volume properly celebrates Bernstein and his expansion of American philosophy. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE *
Of those philosophers whose tap-root was the revival of Classical American philosophy, now sixty years of age, the most philosophically cosmopolitan, by far, was the work of Richard Bernstein. This book of trenchant essays in his honor, illustrates once again Bernstein's rich grasp of the history of philosophy, its contemporary European versions, and the utter necessity of having a rich, thick, enlightening, and necessary philosophical pluralism. With the philosophy of John Dewey as a "permanent deposit," Richard Bernstein has led the way for many decades in how to think, act, and create on behalf of a philosophical pluralism, one that straddles and softens conflict, opens paths of agreement, and bequeaths a philosophical tapestry of intellectual healing rather than ideological rancor. Gratitude here for the scholars who have sharpened and elucidated Bernstein's stellar contributions to philosophical wisdom over the past fifty years. -- John J. McDermott, Texas A&M University

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