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Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Global Citizenship

Larry A. Hickman

in Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228416
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235544 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228416.003.0003

Series: American Philosophy

Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and               Global Citizenship

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This chapter argues that classical American Pragmatism offers a set of tools for fostering global citizenship that are more effective than some of its alternatives. The reason for this is that pragmatism claims to discover a strain of human commonality that trumps the postmodernist emphasis on difference and discontinuity. In addition, its theory of truth is coupled with its moderate version of cultural relativism, while the more skeptical postmodernist version known as "cognitive relativism" is undercut.

Keywords: American Pragmatism; global citizenship; human commonality; cultural relativism; cognitive relativism; postmodernism; difference; discontinuity; truth

Chapter.  6245 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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