Erin McKenna has convincingly combined two approaches to utopia, pragmatism and feminism, that are unlikely companions. In doing so she has provided insightful readings of both feminist utopias and John Dewey as well as giving us an interesting new approach to utopianism. (Utopian Studies
In The Task of Utopia
Erin McKenna reminds us how valuable utopias can be in structuring moral motivations and energies. The Task of Utopia
signals a new level of maturity in feminist pragmatism. (The Journal Of Speculative Philosophy
"In The Task of Utopia
, Erin McKenna writes imaginatively about imagination, constructively about the possibilities and forms of criticism, realistically about hope, and compellingly about the task of envisioning human communities worthy of human commitment. McKenna defends the utopian imagination with a sharp sense of the deep suspicions currently surrounding it, yet her utopianism is clear-eyed: it reckons with the actualities of an irrevocable history as much as it projects the possibilities of a future different from the past. Thus, her processive, pragmatist, and feminist orientation to social philosophy is itself a sign of hope, and a feat of imagination." (Vincent Colapietro)
About the Author
Erin McKenna is associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University.