Perfectionism in Practice: Shusterman’s Place in Recent Pragmatism

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Building on recent texts, I give a characterization of Richard Shusterman’s specific variant of pragmatism, understood as a melioristic or perfectionist pragmatism, where ethical and political dimensions are deeply intertwined with the epistemological one. To do so, I focus on what seems to be Shusterman’s latest contribution to his interrupted dialogue with Richard Rorty in Thinking through the Body.

Perfectionism in Practice: Shusterman’s Place in Recent Pragmatism

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(James 1978146).

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(Rorty 1982xviii).

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(Rorty 1982xviii).

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 See for example (Shusterman 199213).

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(Shusterman 1989a15).

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(Shusterman 1989a15).

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(Shusterman 1989c66).

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(Dewey and Boydston 1981vol. 10 10–12).

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(Shusterman 1994a148).

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(James and Kuklick 1988783).

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(Brandom 2000205–206n.7).

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(Brandom 200415).

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(Shusterman 1997a157).

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(Shusterman 1997a170).

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 See Shusterman“A Philosopher in Darkness and in Light. Practical Somaesthetics and Photographic Art,” Lucidity. Inward Views : Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011. Anne-Marie Ninacs (ed.) Montreal : Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011.

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(Wiener 1973553).

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(Thayer 1981431).

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(James Bowers and Skrupskelis 1978Preface).

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(Shusterman 2010a82–83).

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(Shusterman 2010a80).

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(Shusterman 1997b210) retrieved in (Shusterman 1997a).

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(Shusterman 1997b210). The phrase “city of words” is used by Socrates in Plato’s Republic.

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