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"What Price Pluralism?:" A Reply to Robert Talisse

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Phil Mayo
University of Oregon
United States

Abstract:
Robert Talisse has argued that Deweyan democracy fails to accommodate the fact of reasonable pluralism because it rests on a thick concept of human flourishing. I argue, contra Talisse and many of his Deweyan critics, that human flourishing is an appropriately thin concept, and, further, that Dewey takes pluralism to be nothing more than a brute fact, one that we must learn to work with, but also a fact we should neither rue, nor feel obligated to foster. To this end, I argue for a reading of Dewey’s politics as “merely” pragmatist, that is, as advocating only a participatory method of deliberation, rather than codifying any particular set of overarching thick concepts.

 

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