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Rawls, Dewey, and Constructivism: On the Epistemology of Justice (Bloomsbury Studies in Political Philosophy) Hardcover – September 23, 2010


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  • Series: Bloomsbury Studies in Political Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441161147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441161147
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,612,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Weber's Rawls, Dewey and Constructivism provides a welcome addition to the Rawls literature by offering a Deweyan critique of,and alternative to, Rawlsian constructivism... In the contemporary political and economic climate, Weber's call for strengthening the American tradition of public, humanistic education is refreshing." --Nicholas Tampio, Department of Political Science, Fordham University

"Weber provides a well considered and carefully crafted analysis of the work of John Rawls from a Pragmatist perspective." --Larry A. Hickman, Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University, USA

"Weber's critique is ... robust[,] judicious and collegial throughout... Weber has delivered a powerful [case]" --Richard Cotter, Political Studies Review

"Eric Weber provides a well considered and carefully crafted analysis of the work of John Rawls from a Pragmatist perspective. Chapter six alone, 'Dewey and Rawls on Education,' is worth the price of admission." - Larry A. Hickman, Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University, USA

"Eric Thomas Weber's excellent book raises a constructivist challenge against Rawls's constructivism...Weber's Deweyan critique of Rawls's constructivist conception of justice points to the difficulty in grasping Kantian constructivism. In Rawls's writings, the reference to Kantian constructivism is so vague as to be essentially meaningless. That is one of the implications of this very useful book." - Tom Rockmore, Duquesne University, USA (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

About the Author

Eric Thomas Weber is assistant professor of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi, USA. He has published in Human Studies, Review of Policy Research, Skepsis, William James Studies, Contemporary Pragmatism, and Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society.

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Eric Thomas Weber is associate professor of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi. He is also a freelance columnist for The Clarion Ledger of Jackson, MS. He writes on topics in ethics, politics, and education. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2007. He lives with his wife Annie and his daughter Helen in Oxford, Mississippi. Visit EricThomasWeber.org, follow him on Twitter (@erictweber) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EricThomasWeberAuthor), and connect on LinkedIn (EricWeber).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shane Ralston, Ph.D. on April 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Eric Weber's first book is a TOUR DE FORCE, in terms of its contribution to existing scholarship on John Dewey and John Rawls. In it, he expertly draws upon Dewey's constructivism in order to critically assess Rawls's Kantian constructivism. Having worked on Rawlsian political philosophy for several years, and as a Dewey scholar myself, I worried that the book would be a mere rehashing of previous scholarly views on the two thinkers' ideas. It is not.

The author offers insightful readings of works by Dewey, Rawls, Peirce, Locke, Hegel and several meta-ethicists. He evaluates the epistemological assumptions behind Rawls's theories of justice and political liberalism in ways that I've never seen before. I learned something new in each chapter. Indeed, I plan to assign the chapter on social contract theories to students in my introduction to social-political philosophy course next term. Since it is so clearly written, the book would make an excellent teaching tool.

I strongly believe that Eric Weber's book proves Robert Talisse wrong. In Talisse's recent paper "John Rawls and American Pragmatisms," he writes: "The fact is that Rawls's views have not been well-received by philosophers who identify as pragmatists. Indeed, today's pragmatists tend to be overtly hostile to Rawls." While Weber is certainly critical of Rawls, he is never "overtly hostile." Rather, his criticisms are leveled in a melioristic spirit, aiming to improve the discourse about Rawls's political ideas by closely scrutinizing their epistemological assumptions from a pragmatist perspective.

Anyone seriously interested in political ideas should DEFINITELY read this book.
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