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  1. Roberto Frega (2014). Between Pragmatism and Critical Theory: Social Philosophy Today. [REVIEW] Human Studies 37 (1):57-82.
    This paper aims at renovating the prospects for social philosophy through a confrontation between pragmatism and critical theory. In particular, it contends that the resources of pragmatism for advancing a project of emancipatory social philosophy have so far been neglected. After contrasting the two major traditions in social philosophy—the analytical and the critical—I proceed to outline the main traits of a pragmatist social philosophy. By inscribing pragmatism within the tradition of social philosophy, my aim is to promote a new understanding (...)
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  2. Roberto Frega (2014). New Voices for Expressive Pragmatism: Bridging the Divide Between Pragmatism and Perfectionism. Metaphilosophy 45 (3):399-421.
    This article explores the theme of moral rationality by examining two distinct philosophical approaches, those of perfectionism and pragmatism broadly construed. It does this by comparing Cora Diamond's reading of J. M. Coetzee's novel The Lives of Animals with an imaginary reading of the same novel tuned to a moral sensibility closer to Deweyan pragmatism. By comparing a real account with an imaginary one, the article intends to press Diamond's perfectionist understanding of problematic moral experience into confrontation with a pragmatist (...)
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  3. Roberto Frega (2014). The Normative Creature. Social Theory and Practice 40 (1):1-27.
    In this paper I offer a first account of a practice-based conception of normativity for the political domain. This standpoint is used to relocate the most sophisticated normative practices of justification and critique within an experience-based framework, that of the human being as a “normative creature.” I begin by discussing the two major paradigms in political theory, showing that their neglect of this broad framework of normativity is a serious drawback. I then proceed to articulate the central elements of a (...)
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  4. Roberto Frega (2013). From Normative Spheres to Normative Practices: New Prospects for Normative Theory After Habermas. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 21 (5):680-712.
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  5. Roberto Frega (2013). Les sources sociales de la normativité. Vrin.
    Qu’est-ce que la rationalité pratique? Et quelle rôle joue-t-elle dans les pratiques normatives qui structures notre vie sociale et politique? Ce livre propose une réflexion sur les différentes manières de penser le rapport entre rationalité et vie sociale et politique. Il le fait à partir d’une conception de la rationalité comme institution sociale, dont il retrace la généalogie au sein de la philosophie politique anglo-américaine contemporaine. Cette réflexion autour des sources de la rationalité ré-ouvre le débat sur le rapport complexe (...)
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  6. Roberto Frega (2013). Rehabilitating Warranted Assertibility: Moral Inquiry and the Pragmatic Basis of Objectivity. Southern Journal of Philosophy 51 (1):1-23.
    This article defends a pragmatic conception of objectivity for the moral domain. I begin by contextualizing pragmatic approaches to objectivity and discuss at some length one of the most interesting proposals in this area, Cheryl Misak's conception of pragmatic objectivity. My general argument is that in order to defend a pragmatic approach to objectivity, the pragmatic stance should be interpreted in more radical terms than most contemporary proposals do. I suggest in particular that we should disentangle objectivity from truth, and (...)
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  7. Roberto Frega (2013). Thomas Kuhn et l'oubli de la pratique. Dialogue 52 (3):421-448.
    Cet article examine l’œuvre de Thomas Kuhn au prisme du rôle que joue la notion de pratique dans le développement de sa théorie de la rationalité scientifique. Je commence par exposer les enjeux épistémologiques de la théorie de l’incommensurabilité. Je montre ensuite comment l’intuition originale d’une conception pratique et sociale de l’incommensurabilité en vient à être remplacée par une interprétation linguistique plus conventionnelle. Dans la deuxième partie de l’article, j’examine la solution donnée par Kuhn au problème de l’incommensurabilité et j’en (...)
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  8. Roberto Frega (2013). The Practice-Based Approach to Normativity of Frederick L. Will. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 48 (4):483-511.
    There is . . . something both intellectually and socially unresponsive in the appeal to self-evidence upon controverted issues. Over the last two decades philosophers have focused increasingly on the role of society and practices in shaping practical normativity.3 Contemporary moral and political philosophy remains fundamentally committed to individualistic and causal approaches to normativity, but a contrary trend has taken root—at least since Wittgenstein’s insights regarding the role of context, practices, and uses—with increasing appeals made to the “social” and to (...)
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  9. Roberto Frega (2012). A Pragmatist Critique of Liberal Epistemology: Towards a Practice-Based Account of Public Reason. Critical Horizons 12 (3):293 - 316.
    This paper tackles with the issue of the place of comprehensive beliefs within the public space. It tries to strike a middle path between the liberal ban on comprehensive beliefs and the anti-liberal claim that comprehensive beliefs should be given full pride of place in public deliberations. The article relies on arguments that are inspired by the pragmatist tradition. It starts locating the main cause of failures at articulating comprehensive beliefs and public reason in a central feature of liberal epistemology, (...)
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  10. Roberto Frega (2012). Equal Accessibility to All: Habermas, Pragmatism, and the Place of Religious Beliefs in a Post-Secular Society. Constellations 19 (2):267-287.
    This paper explores the epistemological impact of the idea of post-secularism on the concept of public reason. It does so by examining a strand of the Rawls-Habermas debate on the role of religious beliefs within public reason. The paper identifies a difficulty in the liberal solution that depends upon the unwillingness to challenge the proviso-like conception of public reason and contends that this difficulty is overcome neither by Habermas’ “institutional” version of proviso nor by Cristina Lafont’s version of “mutual accountability” (...)
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  11. Roberto Frega (2012). M. Aboulafia, Transcendence. On Self-Determination And Cosmopolitanism, Stanford Uni-Versity Press, Standford, 2010. [REVIEW] European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 4:303-307.
     
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  12. Roberto Frega (2012). Practice, Judgment, and the Challenge of Moral and Political Disagreement: A Pragmatist Account. Lexington Books.
    Introduction -- Inquiry as the logic of practical reasoning -- From reasoning to judgment -- Expressive inquiry -- The public sphere -- Pragmatism, pluralism, and the fact of relativism -- A pragmatic theory of objectivity -- Why justification matters? -- Pragmatism as an epistemology of practice.
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  13. Roberto Frega (2011). Evolutionary Prolegomena to a Pragmatist Epistemology of Belief. In , Pragmatist Epistemologies. Lexington.
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  14. Roberto Frega (2011). Le perfectionisme à l'épreuve du pragmatisme. Dialogue 50 (1):1-22.
    ABSTRACT: In this paper, I first lay out a definition of perfectionism drawing mainly upon the works of Cora Diamond and Stanley Cavell. Secondly, I introduce the notion of “expressive rationality” and show how it contributes to expanding the scope of pragmatism beyond its original boundaries. I then proceed to examine pragmatism and perfectionism as competing alternative accounts of moral experience, through a discussion of Coetzee’s novel The Lives of Animals. In so doing, I intend to show that pragmatism and (...)
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  15. Roberto Frega (ed.) (2011). Pragmatist Epistemologies. Lexington books.
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  16. Roberto Frega (2011). Richard Bernstein and the Challenge of a Broadened Pragmatism. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3 (2):218-221.
  17. Roberto Frega (2011). Symposia on R. Bernstein, The Pragmatic Turn, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2010. [REVIEW] European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3 (2):218-247.
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  18. Roberto Frega & Filipe Carreira da Silva (2011). Pragmatism and the Social Sciences: A Century of Influences and Interactions. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3 (2):1-6.
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  19. Roberto Frega (2010). Expressive Inquiry and Practical Reasoning. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 23 (4):pp. 307-327.
  20. Roberto Frega (2010). From Judgment to Rationality: Dewey's Epistemology of Practice. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (4):591-610.
    The question of rationality and of its role in human agency has been at the core of pragmatist concerns since the beginning of this movement. While Peirce framed the horizon of a new understanding of human reason through the idea of inquiry as aiming at belief-fixation and James stressed the individualistic drives that move individuals to action, it is in Dewey’s writing that we find the deepest understanding of the naturalistic and normative traits of rationality considered as the qualifying attribute (...)
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  21. Roberto Frega (2010). What Pragmatism Means by Public Reason. Etica and Politica / Ethics & Politics 12 (1):28-51.
    In this article I examine the main conceptions of public reason in contemporary political philosophy in order to set the frame for appreciating the novelty of the pragmatist understanding of public reason as based upon the notion of consequences and upon a theory of rationality as inquiry. The approach is inspired by Dewey but is free from any concern with history of philosophy. The aim is to propose a different understanding of the nature of public reason aimed at overcoming the (...)
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  22. Roberto Frega, Donatelli Piergiorgio & Laugier Sandra (2010). Pragmatism, Trascendentalism, and Perfectionism. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2 (2):iv-xiii.
    Introduction to the symposia on Pragmatism and Perfectionism appered on the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, vol. 2 issue 2, 2010.
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  23. Roberto Frega & Fabrizio Trifirò (eds.) (2010). Pragmatism and Democracy. Ethics & Politics, 12, 1 2010.
  24. Roberto Frega (2009). Le Voci Della Ragione: Teorie Della Razionalità Nella Filosofia Americana Contemporanea. Quodlibet.
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  25. Roberto Frega (2009). Pragmatism as Transition. Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty, Columbia University Press, New York, 2009. [REVIEW] European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 1:135-141.
     
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  26. Roberto Frega (2009). Review of C. Koopman, Pragmatism as Transition. Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty. [REVIEW] European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 1 (1).
  27. Roberto Frega (2006). John Dewey Et la Philosophie Comme Épistémologie de la Pratique. Harmattan.
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  28. Roberto Frega (2006). Pensée, Expérience, Pratique: Essai Sur la Théorie du Jugement de John Dewey. Harmattan.
    Comprendre la nature de la pensée, redéfinir notre compréhension de la connaissance et de sa place dans la vie des individus et des sociétés, tel est le projet de John Dewey.
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