Pragmatic Pluralism, Multiculturalism, and the New Hispanic

José Medina

in Pragmatism in the Americas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233670
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241804 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Pragmatic Pluralism, Multiculturalism, and the New Hispanic

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Drawing on American and Latin American philosophers such as John Dewey, Alain Locke, and José Martí, this chapter articulates a thoroughgoing pluralistic view of ethnic identity in general and of Hispanic identity in particular. The chapter argues that the best way of elucidating ethnic experiences and identities without relying on essentialist assumptions is offered by a radical pluralism that we can find in the pragmatist tradition. This radical pluralism understands ethnic identity as intrinsically heterogeneous, that is, as necessarily containing inner diversity.

Keywords: pragmatism; pluralism; multiculturalism; John Dewey; Alain Locke; José Martí; Hispanic identity

Chapter.  9926 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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