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.

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    (James 1978, 146).

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    (Rorty 1982, xviii).

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    (Rorty 1982, xviii).

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     See for example (Shusterman 1992, 13).

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    (Shusterman 1989a, 15).

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    (Shusterman 1989a, 15).

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    (Shusterman 1989c, 66).

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

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    (Shusterman 1994a, 148).

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    (James and Kuklick 1988, 783).

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    (Brandom 2000, 205–206, n.7).

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    (Brandom 2004, 15).

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    (Shusterman 1997a, 157).

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    (Shusterman 1997a, 170).

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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 1973, 553).

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    (Thayer 1981, 431).

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    (James, Bowers, and Skrupskelis 1978, Preface).

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    (Shusterman 2010a, 82–83).

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    (Shusterman 2010a, 80).

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    (Shusterman 1997b, 210), retrieved in (Shusterman 1997a).

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    (Shusterman 1997b, 210). The phrase “city of words” is used by Socrates in Plato’s Republic.

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