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Legal Pragmatism : Community, Rights, and Democracy - Michael Sullivan

Legal Pragmatism

Community, Rights, and Democracy

Paperback Published: 1st May 2007
ISBN: 9780253219060
Number Of Pages: 159

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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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[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

What's right with rights and wrong with communitarianism?p. 6
Taking rights and pragmatism seriouslyp. 32
Posner's unpragmatic pragmatismp. 48
Toward a reconstructive pragmatismp. 79
Reconstructing judicial reviewp. 98
Pragmatism, genealogy, and democracyp. 116
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ISBN: 9780253219060
ISBN-10: 025321906X
Series: American Philosophy
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 159
Published: 1st May 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 16.33  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.29