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Colin Koopman
University of Oregon
  1. Putting Foucault to Work: Analytic and Concept in Foucaultian Inquiry.Colin Koopman & Tomas Matza - 2013 - Critical Inquiry 39 (4):817-840.
    The forceful impact of Michel Foucault’s work in the humanities and social sciences is apparent from the sheer abundance of its uses, appropriations, and refigurations. This article calls for greater self-conscious reflexivity about the relationship between our uses of Foucault and the opportunities afforded by his work. We argue for a clearer distinction between analytics and concepts in Foucault-inspired work. In so doing we draw on key moments of methodological self-reflection in Foucault’s Collège de France lectures and elsewhere. This distinction (...)
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    Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity.Colin Koopman - 2013 - Indiana University Press.
    Viewing Foucault in the light of work by Continental and American philosophers, most notably Nietzsche, Habermas, Deleuze, Richard Rorty, Bernard Williams, and Ian Hacking, Genealogy as Critique shows that philosophical genealogy involves not only the critique of modernity but also its transformation. Colin Koopman engages genealogy as a philosophical tradition and a method for understanding the complex histories of our present social and cultural conditions. He explains how our understanding of Foucault can benefit from productive dialogue with philosophical allies to (...)
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  3. Rorty’s Linguistic Turn: Why Language Matters to Philosophy.Colin Koopman - 2011 - Contemporary Pragmatism 8 (1):61-84.
    The linguistic turn is a central aspect of Richard Rorty’s philosophy, informing his early critiques of foundationalism in Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature and subsequent critiques of authoritarianism in Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity. It is argued that we should interpret the linguistic turn as a methodological suggestion for how philosophy can take a non-foundational perspective on normativity. It is then argued that although Rorty did not succeed in explicating normativity without foundations (or authority without authoritarianism), we should take seriously (...)
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  4. Historical Critique or Transcendental Critique in Foucault: Two Kantian Lineages.Colin Koopman - 2010 - Foucault Studies 8:100-121.
    A growing body of interpretive literature concerning the work of Michel Foucault asserts that Foucault’s critical project is best interpreted in light of various strands of philosophical phenomenology. In this article I dispute this interpretation on both textual and philosophical grounds. It is shown that a core theme of ‘the phenomenological Foucault’ having to do with transcendental inquiry cannot be sustained by a careful reading of Foucault’s texts nor by a careful interpretation of Foucault’s philosophical commitments. It is then shown (...)
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    Problematization in Foucault’s Genealogy and Deleuze’s Symptomatology: Or, How to Study Sexuality Without Invoking Oppositions.Colin Koopman - 2018 - Angelaki 23 (2):187-204.
    The work of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze frequently gave rise to a practice of philosophy as a form of critical problematization. Critical problematization both resonates between their thought and is also generative for contemporary philosophy in their wake. To examine critical problematization in each, a shared theme of inquiry provides a useful focal point. Foucault and Deleuze each deployed critical problematization in the context of studies of sexuality, a site of excited contestation that remains as crucial for us today (...)
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    Language is a Form of Experience: Reconciling Classical Pragmatism and Neopragmatism.Colin Koopman - 2007 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 43 (4):694 - 727.
    : The revival of philosophical pragmatism has generated a wealth of intramural debates between neopragmatists like Richard Rorty and contemporary scholars devoted to explicating the classical pragmatism of John Dewey and William James. Of all these internecine conflicts, the most divisive concerns the status of language and experience in pragmatist philosophy. Contemporary scholars of classical pragmatism defend experience as the heart of pragmatism while neopragmatists drop the concept of experience in favor of a thoroughly linguistic pragmatism. I argue that both (...)
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    Pragmatist Resources for Experimental Philosophy: Inquiry in Place of Intuition.Colin Koopman - 2012 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 26 (1):1-24.
    Recent attention given to the upstart movement of experimental philosophy is much deserved. But now that experimental philosophy is beginning to enter a stage of maturity, it is time to consider its relation to other philosophical traditions that have issued similar assaults against ingrained and potentially misguided philosophical habits. Experimental philosophy is widely known for rejecting a philosophical reliance on intuitions as evidence in philosophical argument. In this it shares much with another branch of empiricist philosophy, namely, pragmatism. Taking Kwame (...)
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    Pragmatism as a Philosophy of Hope: Emerson, James, Dewey, Rorty.Colin Koopman - 2006 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 20 (2):106-116.
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    Infopolitics, Biopolitics, Anatomopolitics.Colin Koopman - 2018 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 39 (1):103-128.
    This paper argues for a distinctive concept of "infopolitics" as a theoretical tool for understanding how new regimes of data are exerting increasing political control of our lives. It seems almost undeniable today that there is a politics at stake in such ubiquitous features of our society as social media interaction, electioneering (and election hacking) through those interactions, cell phone addiction, personal information monetization, the lack of security in personal data markets, and massively-scaled state surveillance. Yet, even if the fact (...)
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    Information Before Information Theory: The Politics of Data Beyond the Perspective of Communication.Colin Koopman - forthcoming - New Media and Society.
    Scholarship on the politics of new media widely assumes that communication functions as a sufficient conceptual paradigm for critically assessing new media politics. This article argues that communication-centric analyses fail to engage the politics of information itself, limiting information only to its consequences for communication, and neglecting information as it reaches into our selves, lives, and actions beyond the confines of communication. Furthering recent new media historiography on the “information theory” of Shannon and Wiener, the article reveals both the primacy (...)
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    Unruly Pluralism and Inclusive Tolerance: The Normative Contribution of Jamesian Pragmatism to Non-Ideal Theory.Colin Koopman - 2016 - Political Studies Review 14 (1):27-38.
    Much attention is focussed on recent debates in contemporary political philosophy concerning the relative merits of ideal theory and non-ideal theory. In one of their many forms, these debates take shape as a realist challenge to idealistic or utopian approaches to normative political theory. This article shows that the philosophical tradition of pragmatism both instructively anticipates and also, more importantly, can today contribute to contemporary realism. It is shown how a political pragmatism, particularly one centred in William James’ work, helps (...)
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    Privacy is an Essentially Contested Concept: A Multidimensional Analytic for Mapping Privacy.Colin Koopman, Deirdre Mulligan & Nick Doty - 2016 - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 374 (2083).
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    Standard Forms of Power: Biopower and Sovereign Power in the Technology of the US Birth Certificate, 1903–1935.Colin Koopman, Bonnie Sheehey, Patrick Jones, Laura Smithers, Claire Pickard & Critical Genealogies Collaboratory - 2018 - Constellations 25 (4):641-656.
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    Genealogical Pragmatism: How History Matters for Foucault and Dewey.Colin Koopman - 2011 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (3):533-561.
    This article offers the outlines of a historically-informed conception of critical inquiry herein named genealogical pragmatism. This conception of critical inquiry combines the genealogical emphasis on problematization featured in Michel Foucault's work with the pragmatist emphasis on reconstruction featured in John Dewey's work. The two forms of critical inquiry featured by these thinkers are not opposed, as is too commonly supposed. Genealogical problematization and pragmatist reconstruction fit together for reason of their mutual emphasis on the importance of history for philosophy. (...)
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    Two Uses of Michel Foucault in Political Theory: Concepts and Methods in Giorgio Agamben and Ian Hacking.Colin Koopman - 2015 - Constellations 22 (4):571-585.
    This deep presence of Foucault’s influence across contemporary theoretical landscapes signals a need for self-reflectiveness that has largely (though not entirely) been missing in contemporary uses of Foucault. While scholarship in a Foucauldian vein is obviously alive and well, scholarship on Foucauldian methodology is not. This paper develops a distinction between two methodological features of Foucault’s work that deserve to be disentangled: I parse the methods (e.g., genealogy, archaeology) and concepts (e.g., discipline, biopower) featured in Foucault’s texts. Following this, I (...)
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    Critique Without Judgment in Political Theory: Politicization in Foucault’s Historical Genealogy of Herculine Barbin.Colin Koopman - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-21.
    The historical specificity of Michel Foucault’s practice of critical genealogy offers a valuable model for political theory today. By bringing into focus its historical attention to detail, we can locate in Foucault’s genealogical philosophy an alternative to prominent assumptions in contemporary political theory. The work of political theory is often positioned in light of an assumed goal of staking political theory to certain political positions, judgments, or normative determinations that already populate the terrain of politics. This goal may be illusory; (...)
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    Conduct Pragmatism: Pressing Beyond Experientialism and Lingualism.Colin Koopman - 2014 - European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 6 (2).
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    William James's Politics of Personal Freedom.Colin Koopman - 2005 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 19 (2):175-186.
  19. John Dewey and Continental Philosophy.Paul Fairfield, James Scott Johnston, Tom Rockmore, James A. Good, Jim Garrison, Barry Allen, Joseph Margolis, Sandra B. Rosenthal, Richard J. Bernstein, David Vessey, C. G. Prado, Colin Koopman, Antonio Calcagno & Inna Semetsky (eds.) - 2010 - Southern Illinois University Press.
    _John Dewey and Continental Philosophy_ provides a rich sampling of exchanges that could have taken place long ago between the traditions of American pragmatism and continental philosophy had the lines of communication been more open between Dewey and his European contemporaries. Since they were not, Paul Fairfield and thirteen of his colleagues seek to remedy the situation by bringing the philosophy of Dewey into conversation with several currents in continental philosophical thought, from post-Kantian idealism and the work of Friedrich Nietzsche (...)
     
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    Bernard Williams on Philosophy's Need for History.Colin Koopman - 2010 - Review of Metaphysics 64 (1):3-30.
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    Foucault Across the Disciplines: Introductory Notes on Contingency in Critical Inquiry.Colin Koopman - 2011 - History of the Human Sciences 24 (4):1-12.
    Foucault is one of the most widely cited thinkers across social sciences and humanities disciplines today. Foucault’s appeal, and ongoing value, across the disciplines has much to do with the power of his thought and his method to help us see the contingency of practices we take to be inevitable. It is argued in this introductory article that Foucault’s emphasis on contingency is as misunderstood as it is influential. I distinguish two senses of contingency in Foucault. A first sense, widely (...)
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    Review Essay: A New Foucault.Colin Koopman - 2007 - Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 11 (1):167-177.
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    Foucault and Pragmatism: Introductory Notes on Metaphilosophical Methodology.Colin Koopman - 2011 - Foucault Studies 11:3-10.
    Being an introduction to a special issue on the theme of “Foucault and Pragmatism” this article offers a brief set of metaphilosophical comments on the project of building bridges across familiar philosophical divides. The paper addresses questions in metaphilosophical methodology raised by the pairing in the issue title: What is at stake in the comparison of philosophical figures like Michel Foucault and John Dewey? What is at stake in the comparison of philosophical traditions such as Genealogy and Pragmatism? How can (...)
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    Historicism in Pragmatism: Lessons in Historiography and Philosophy.Colin Koopman - 2010 - Metaphilosophy 41 (5):690-713.
    Abstract: Pragmatism involves simultaneous commitments to modes of inquiry that are philosophical and historical. This article begins by demonstrating this point as it is evidenced in the historicist pragmatisms of William James and John Dewey. Having shown that pragmatism focuses philosophical attention on concrete historical processes, the article turns to a discussion of the specific historiographical commitments consistent with this focus. This focus here is on a pragmatist version of historical inquiry in terms of the central historiographical categories of the (...)
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    Good Questions and Bad Answers in Talisse's a Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy. [REVIEW]Colin Koopman - 2009 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (1):pp. 60-64.
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    Morals and Markets: Liberal Democracy Through Dewey and Hayek.Colin Koopman - 2009 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 23 (3):pp. 151-179.
    One of the most vexing problems in contemporary liberal democratic theory and practice is the relation between ethics and economics. This article presents a way of bringing this relation into focus in the terms offered by two incredibly influential but too-often neglected twentieth-century political philosophers: John Dewey and Friedrich Hayek. I describe important points of contact between Dewey and Hayek that enable us to begin the project of reframing contemporary debates between ethical egalitarians and economic libertarians. Cautiously recognizing these commonalities (...)
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  27. 1. Front Matter Front Matter (Pp. I-Iii).Colin Koopman, Susan Dunston, Lawrence A. Whitney, John J. Stuhr, Michael Buckley & Royce P. Jones - 2012 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 26 (1).
     
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    Songs of Experience.Colin Koopman - 2006 - Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 10 (2):625-627.
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    Rorty’s Moral Philosophy for Liberal Democratic Culture.Colin Koopman - 2007 - Contemporary Pragmatism 4 (2):45-64.
    Richard Rorty's moral writings offer a cogent summary of the moral content of contemporary liberal democratic culture. Rorty insists on a divide between our public and private lives, yet he claims that moral progress is primarily driven by the imagination of great poetry and philosophy . A pressing tension thus emerges between private imagination and public moral justification, which is also very real in contemporary liberal democratic culture itself. I sketch a way out of this problem, which fits well with (...)
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  30. Foucault's Historiographical Expansion: Adding Genealogy to Archaeology.Colin Koopman - 2008 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 2 (3):338-362.
    This paper offers a rereading of Foucault's much-disputed mid-career historiographical shift to genealogy from his earlier archaeological analytic. Disputing the usual view that this shift involves an abandonment of an archaeological method that was then replaced by a genealogical method, I show that this shift is better conceived as a historiographical expansion. Foucault's work subsequent to this shift should be understood as invoking both genealogy and archaeology. The metaphor of expansion is helpful in clarifying what was involved in Foucault's historiographical (...)
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    Review Essay: A New Foucault: The Coming Revisions in Foucault Studies. [REVIEW]Colin Koopman - 2007 - Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 11 (1):167-177.
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    An Ethics of Dissensus.Colin Koopman - 2004 - Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 8 (1):139-141.
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    The Will, the Will to Believe, and William James: An Ethics of Freedom as Self-Transformation.Colin Koopman - 2017 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (3):491-512.
    William James's writings on morality form a vexed collection. Most philosophers regard James as having contributed primarily to epistemology, metaphysics, and psychology, viewing his moral philosophy as secondary, derivative, and accordingly uninteresting for contemporary debates. Among James's writings on moral matters, surely the most infamous is "The Will to Believe." Often read as primarily a contribution to epistemology or philosophy of religion,1 a number of critics spanning well over one hundred years of readership argue that "The Will to Believe" attempts (...)
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    Conceptual Analysis for Genealogical Philosophy: How to Study the History of Practices After Foucault and Wittgenstein.Colin Koopman - 2017 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 55 (S1):103-121.
    Inquiry into the history of practices in the manner of Foucault's philosophical genealogy requires that we distinguish between practical action, on the one hand, and mere behavior, on the other. The need for this distinction may help explicate an aspect of Foucault's philosophical genealogy that might otherwise appear misplaced, namely his attention to rationalities and its attendant conceptual material. This article shows how a genealogical attention to practice goes hand in hand with an attention to the role of the conceptual (...)
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    Revising Foucault: The History and Critique of Modernity.Colin Koopman - 2010 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (5):545-565.
    I offer a major reassessment of Foucault?s philosophico-historical account of the basic problems of modernity. I revise our understanding of Foucault by countering the influential misinterpretations proffered by his European interlocutors such as Habermas and Derrida. Central to Foucault?s account of modernity was his work on two crucial concept pairs: freedom/power and reason/madness. I argue against the view of Habermas and Derrida that Foucault understood modern power and reason as straightforwardly opposed to modern freedom and madness. I show that Foucault (...)
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    Being Pragmatist About Pragmatism: Replies to Stéphane Madelrieux, Alexander Livingston, and Brad Stone.Colin Koopman - 2017 - Contemporary Pragmatism 14 (2):231-242.
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    The Aims of Political Philosophy in John Rawls, Bernard Williams, and Richard Rorty.Colin Koopman - manuscript
    What ought a political philosophy seek to achieve? How should political philosophy address itself to its subject matter? What is the relation between political philosophy and other forms of reflective inquiry? In answering these metaphilosophical questions, political philosophy has long been dominated by a roughly utopian self-image. According to this conception, the aim of political philosophy is the rigorous development of theoretical ideals of justice, state, and law. I show that leading political philosophers of the twentieth century, most notably John (...)
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  38. The Future of the Public-Private Distinction.Colin Koopman - 2007 - Free Inquiry 27:32-34.
     
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    The Birth of the Concept of Biopolitics – A Critical Notice of Lemke's Biopolitics. [REVIEW]Nicolae Morar & Colin Koopman - 2012 - Theory and Event 15 (4).
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    Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism From Emerson to the Jameses by Paul Grimstad. [REVIEW]Colin Koopman - 2015 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 51 (3):381-384.
    In Experience and Experimental Writing, Paul Grimstad moves both forward out of contemporary pragmatism into its future and backward through the history of pragmatism to its zero moment at the proto-pragmatism of the philosophical inception of literary America in the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and his contemporaries. This is the moment that F.O. Matthiessen, writing backward from 1941 during exactly that period about which it is often said that pragmatism fell from its mantles, summarized as “one extraordinarily concentrated moment (...)
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    Genealogical Pragmatism: Problematization and Reconstruction.Colin Koopman - manuscript
    I argue for a new broad-based form of critical inquiry which I refer to as genealogical pragmatism. This conception of critical inquiry combines the genealogical emphasis on problematization featured in Michel Foucault's work with the pragmatist emphasis on reconstruction featured in John Dewey's work. Rather than being understood as two opposed forms of critique and inquiry, as is commonly supposed, I demonstrate that problematization and reconstruction fit together quite well. The work of problematization invites the response of reconstruction just as (...)
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    F. Thomas Burke What Pragmatism Was Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2013. Xv + 233 Pp, Incl. Index. [REVIEW]Colin Koopman - 2014 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):304-308.
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    The Vanishing Subject in Laclau and Mouffe's Politics of the Real.Colin Koopman - 2013 - In Jacquelyn Kegley & Krzyszof Piotr Skowronski (eds.), Persuasion and Compulsion in Democracy. Lexington. pp. 85.
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    Knowledge and Civilization.Colin Koopman - 2006 - Dialogue 45 (2):384-385.
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    What Pragmatism Was by F. Thomas Burke. [REVIEW]Colin Koopman - 2014 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 50 (2):304-308.
    Pragmatism, like every other important intellectual tradition, is best characterized as a tradition of debate. In every intellectual tradition for which internal debate is central, the substance of the constitutive contestations sometimes concerns the aims and achievements of the tradition itself. In the case of pragmatism, the long history of these contesting interpretations is well known. Recent pragmatist philosophy has been characterized by debates between analytic neo-pragmatisms and so-called ‘American’ classico-pragmatisms. Long before these contemporary debates, Arthur Lovejoy wrote provocatively of (...)
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    Historical Conditions or Transcendental Conditions: Response to Kevin Thompson's Response.Colin Koopman - 2010 - Foucault Studies 8:129-135.
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    The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory (Review). [REVIEW]Colin Koopman - 2007 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 21 (4):pp. 332-335.
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    Review of Mitchell Aboulafia, Transcendence: On Self-Determination and Cosmopolitanism[REVIEW]Colin Koopman - 2011 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (2).
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    Public and Private in Feminism and Pragmatism.Colin Koopman - 2008 - International Studies in Philosophy 40 (2):47-60.
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    "Good Questions and Bad Answers in Talisse"'s A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy: TalisseRobert B.Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy'. [REVIEW]Colin Koopman - 2009 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (1):60-64.
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