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Author: Robert J. Lacey
ISBN: 0875803792
Language: English
Pages: 296 pages
Category: Humanities
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press; 1 edition (November 14, 2007)
Rating: 4.3
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Start by marking American Pragmatism and Democratic Faith as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Tracing the history of a salient idea in American political thought, Lacey elucidates the assumptions underlying participatory democracy, assesses both its usefulness and coherence, and ultimately reveals it to be less a theory than a faith-a faith that has largely failed to follow through on its promise.

Robert J. Lacey has reservations about both the philosophical roots and the institutional legacy of American participatory democracy. In his combination of political philosophy and intellectual history, Lacey explores several ideas that he takes to be central to participatory democracy in America. Although students of pragmatism may be unsatisfied with some of Lacey’s evaluative conclusions, this book looks at a well-worn topic with new eyes, and offers a fresh interpretation of democratic thought in America

American Pragmatism and Democratic Faith. In June 1962, a group calling themselves the Students for a Democratic Society gathered at a retreat in rural Michigan to discuss and revise their founding manifesto.

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At one level, the book is an intellectual history that connects the founders of Charles Peirce, William James, and John Dewey-to the student movement of the 1960s and to contemporary participatory democrats such as Sheldon Wolin and Benjamin Barber.

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Shop our inventory for American Pragmatism and Democratic Faith by Robert J. Lacey with fast free shipping on every used book we have in stock! . Dewey rested his democratic faith on three pragmatist tenets: truth is probabilistic and socially determined; humans are malleable and educable; and humans, endowed with free will, can act collectively for their individual and social betterment.

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In his wonderful new book, Robert J. Lacey describes Burkean conservatism – or, as he prefers to call it, pragmatic conservatism . Lacey builds a credible case that America’s modern liberals are also its genuine conservatives, while its avowed conservatives are right-wing radical Jacobins.

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American Pragmatism and Democratic Faith. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2008.

In June 1962, a group calling themselves the Students for a Democratic Society gathered at a retreat in rural Michigan to discuss and revise their founding manifesto. The result of that meeting was the famous Port Huron Statement, a document that not only reflected their disenchantment with America’s elite-controlled social and political institutions but also called for the creation of a “participatory democracy” in which all citizens engage in public life and share the responsibility of political decision making. This demand for participatory democracy characterized the New Left ethos and captured the imagination of a generation of radicals and political activists from the late 1950s to the close of the 1960s. So, why did participatory democracy fail to materialize in any recognizable form? Why was it forced to retreat from mainstream public discourse into the academy? Its fate, political scientist Robert Lacey asserts, was determined in large part by its intellectual origins. The idea of participatory democracy germinated in the philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, founders of American pragmatism, and fully blossomed in the work of John Dewey, who argued that democracy should (and could) be a “way of life” for every person. Dewey rested his democratic faith on three pragmatist tenets: truth is probabilistic and socially determined; humans are malleable and educable; and humans, endowed with free will, can act collectively for their individual and social betterment. When the realities of modern life in the mid- to late-20th century posed serious challenges to these tenets, the very foundation of participatory democratic thought began to crumble. Yet, willfully disregarding the rubble, C. Wright Mills, Sheldon Wolin, Benjamin Barber, and other theorists have continued to support participatory democracy as a viable political idea. Today’s participatory democrats have constructed a fragile theoretical enterprise that rests on questionable assumptions inherited from the pragmatist tradition about truth, human nature, and free will. Tracing the history of a salient idea in American political thought, Lacey elucidates the assumptions underlying participatory democracy, assesses both its usefulness and coherence, and ultimately reveals it to be less a theory than a faith—a faith that has largely failed to follow through on its promise.