Legal Pragmatism: Community, Rights, And Democracy

Paperback | June 14, 2007

byMichael Sullivan

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In Legal Pragmatism, Michael Sullivan looks closely at the place of the individual and community in democratic society. After mapping out a brief history of American legal thinking regarding rights, from communitarianism to liberalism, Sullivan gives a rich and nuanced account of how pragmatism worked to resolve conflicts of self-interest and community well-being. Sullivan's view of pragmatism provides a comprehensive framework for understanding democracy, as well as issues such as health care, education, gay marriage, and illegal immigration that will determine its character in the future. Legal Pragmatism is a bold, carefully argued book that presents a unique understanding of contemporary society, law, and politics.

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In Legal Pragmatism, Michael Sullivan looks closely at the place of the individual and community in democratic society. After mapping out a brief history of American legal thinking regarding rights, from communitarianism to liberalism, Sullivan gives a rich and nuanced account of how pragmatism worked to resolve conflicts of self-inter...

Michael Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Emory University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.52 inPublished:June 14, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:025321906X

ISBN - 13:9780253219060

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. What's Right with Rights and Wrong with Communitarianism?
2. Taking Rights and Pragmatism Seriously
3. Posner's Unpragmatic Pragmatism
4. Toward a Reconstructive Pragmatism
5. Reconstructing Judicial Review
6. Pragmatism, Genealogy, and Democracy

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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"[This book] represents an genuine breakthrough.... [It] will have a large influence on the course of jurisprudential reflection in the decades ahead." -Bruce Ackerman, Yale University