Pragmatism and Progress: Has there been progress in race relations in the United States?

Damian Cox, Michael P. Levine

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[Extract] If Shaw is right, then the idea that pragmatists are practical and reasonable
is as mistaken as it is common. On Shaw's account, pragmatists should be seen as movers and shakers-as those who refuse to adapt themselves to the world (isn't there too much of that?), but. seek instead to refashion the world to themselves. This refashioning is not "to himself" (themselves) in a selfish, narcissistic mode, bur in terms of making things "better"-where "better" ranges across practical as well as ideal personal, social, and politi­cal improvements. And insofar as a belief that things can be made better (meliorism) is an essential aspect of pragmatism, then perhaps, bucking a common perception, ic is better seen as utopian _albeit not revolutionary, rather than as "down
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPragmatism Applied
Subtitle of host publicationWilliam James and the Challenges of Contemporary Life
EditorsClifford Stagoll, Michael Levine
Place of PublicationAlbany
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781438473383
ISBN (Print)9781438473376
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


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