Pragmatism, Feminism, and Democracy: Rethinking the Politics of American History


Pragmatism, Feminism, and Democracy is James Livingston's virtuoso reflection on the period between 1890 and 1930, a primal scene of American history during which a wave of new intellectual and cultural currents came together-and fell apart-to reorient society.

Casting a new perspective on seminal American thinkers and activists like John Dewey, William James, and Jane Addams and important contemporary figures like Judith Butler, Teresa Brennan, and Richard Rorty, Livingston analyzes the intersections and similarities of pragmatism and feminism, while tying in critical insights on corporate capitalism, consumer culture, social democracy, populism, and the social self. Pragmatism, Feminism, and Democracy is a truly original work that blends historiography, feminist theory, philosophy, and American intellectual history.


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