William James: Politics in the Pluriverse - Modernity and Political Thought (Hardback)
  • William James: Politics in the Pluriverse - Modernity and Political Thought (Hardback)
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William James: Politics in the Pluriverse - Modernity and Political Thought (Hardback)

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Hardback 140 Pages / Published: 18/05/2007
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William James is known today as a philosopher of pragmatism. William James: Politics in the Pluriverse challenges this understanding. Ferguson traces the historical importance and contemporary possibilities of pluralism's original political insight. In this important work he examines the trajectory of pluralism in the United States and England, the mutual influences of turn-of-the-century American and European philosophical traditions, and the relationship between pluralism and James's active anti-imperialism. James's unexpected political concepts and commitments both illuminate political philosophy of the 20th century and challenge contemporary assumptions about the desirability of unanimity. Pluralism, not unity, should be the goal of both politics and philosophy.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742523265
Number of pages: 140
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 237 x 160 x 15 mm


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Ferguson cogently compares James with Kant, Hegel, Bergson, and others on a variety of topics, including sovereignty and psychology. Summing Up: Recommended. * CHOICE, January 2008 *
Ferguson's emphasis on James's pluralism, rather than his pragmatism, demonstrates how much we now can learn from James's political thinking and vigorous political activities. The depth of James's pluralism is nicely captured in Ferguson's concept of the pluriverse, a complex, constantly changing, constantly challenging character of the human condition. This is a provocative work that is a major addition to the James literature and a valuable contribution to contemporary political theory. -- Richard E. Flathman, George Armstrong Kelly Memorial Professor of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University, and author of Pluralism and Libe

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