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Pragmatism as Post-PostmodernismLessons from John Dewey$
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Larry A. Hickman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228416

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228416.001.0001

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Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Global Citizenship

Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Global Citizenship

(p.30) Two Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and Global Citizenship
Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism

Larry A. Hickman

Fordham University Press

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

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