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    Pragmatism and Political Theory: From Dewey to Rorty.Matthew Festenstein - 1997 - University of Chicago Press.
    Pragmatism has enjoyed a considerable revival in the latter part of the twentieth century, but what precisely constitutes pragmatism remains a matter of dispute. In reconstructing the pragmatic tradition in political philosophy, Matthew Festenstein rejects the idea that it is a single, cohesive doctrine. His incisive analysis brings out the commonalities and shared concerns among contemporary pragmatists while making clear their differences in how they would resolve those concerns. His study begins with the work of John Dewey and the moral (...)
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    Self-Censorship for Democrats.Matthew Festenstein - 2018 - European Journal of Political Theory 17 (3):324-342.
    On the face of it, self-censorship is profoundly subversive of democracy, particularly in its talk-centric forms, and undermines the culture of openness and publicity on which it relies. This paper has two purposes. The first is to develop a conception of self-censorship that allows us to capture what is distinctive about the concept from a political perspective and which allows us to understand the democratic anxiety about self-censorship: if it is not obvious that biting our tongues is always wrong, we (...)
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    Richard Rorty: Critical Dialogues.Matthew Festenstein & Simon Thompson (eds.) - 2001 - Polity.
    Richard Rorty is one of the most influential and provocative figures in contemporary intellectual life. He argues that many of philosophy's traditional concerns are redundant, and that the goal of inquiry should not be truth but human betterment. In this collection a distinguished team of scholars grapples with the implications of his writings for social and political thought. Avoiding mindless adulation or ritual denunciation, they offer careful but critical investigations of the meaning of Rorty's work for a range of important (...)
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    Pragmatism, Inquiry and Political Liberalism.Matthew Festenstein - 2010 - Contemporary Political Theory 9 (1):25-44.
    One of the most powerful but elusive motifs in pragmatist philosophy is the idea that a liberal democracy should be understood as a community of inquirers. This paper offers a critical appraisal of a recent attempt to make sense of this intuition in the context of contemporary political theory, in what may be called pragmatist political liberalism . Drawing together ideas from Rawlsian political liberalism, epistemic democracy and pragmatism, proponents of PPL argue that the pragmatist conception of inquiry can provide (...)
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    Does Dewey Have an “Epistemic Argument” for Democracy?Matthew Festenstein - 2019 - Contemporary Pragmatism 16 (2-3):217-241.
    The analysis and defence of democracy on the grounds of its epistemic powers is now a well-established, if contentious, area of theoretical and empirical research. This article reconstructs a distinctive and systematic epistemic account of democracy from Dewey’s writings. Running like a thread through this account is a critical analysis of the distortion of hierarchy and class division on social knowledge, which Dewey believes democracy can counteract. The article goes on to argue that Dewey’s account has the resources to defuse (...)
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    Deliberative Democracy and Two Models of Pragmatism.Matthew Festenstein - 2004 - European Journal of Social Theory 7 (3):291-306.
    This article examines the relationship of pragmatism to the theory of deliberative democracy. It elaborates a dilemma in the latter theory, between its deliberative or epistemic and democratic or inclusive components, and distinguishes responses to this dilemma that are internal to the conception of deliberation employed from those that are external. The article goes on to identify two models of pragmatism and critically examines how well each one deals with the tension identified in deliberative democracy.
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    Politics and Acquiescence in Rorty's Pragmatism.Matthew Festenstein - 2003 - Theoria 50 (101):1-24.
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    Unravelling the Reasonable: Comment on Talisse.Matthew Festenstein - 2009 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (1):pp. 55-59.
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    Dewey's Political Philosophy.Matthew Festenstein - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American philosopher, associated with pragmatism. Over a long working life, Dewey was influential not only in philosophy, but as an educational thinker and political commentator and activis.
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    National Identity, Political Trust and the Public Realm.Matthew Festenstein - 2009 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 12 (2):279-296.
  11. Deane-Peter Baker Lectures in Philosophy at the University of Natal, and is an Editor of Theoria. He is Currently Pursuing PhD Studies Through Macquarie University. Recent Publications Include 'Morality, Structure, Transcendence and Theism: A Response to Melissa Lane's Reading of Charles Taylor's Sources of the Self', Forthcoming in Inter.Jacek Brzozowski, Matthew Festenstein, Marek Kwiek, Patrick Lenta & Christian Miller - forthcoming - Theoria.
     
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    A Brief Rejoinder to Critics.Matthew Festenstein - 2010 - Contemporary Political Theory 9 (1):56-58.
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    Book Review: How Propaganda Works, by Jason Stanley. [REVIEW]Matthew Festenstein - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (6):881-885.
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  14. 4 Cultural Diversity and the Limits of Liberalism.Matthew Festenstein - 2000 - In Noël O'Sullivan (ed.), Political Theory in Transition. Routledge. pp. 70.
     
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  15. Contemporary Liberalism.Matthew Festenstein - 1998 - In Adam Lent (ed.), New Political Thought: An Introduction. Lawrence & Wishart.
     
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  16. John Dewey : Inquiry, Ethics, and Democracy.Matthew Festenstein - 2008 - In Cheryl Misak (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
  17. Pragmatism, Social Democracy, and Political Argument.Matthew Festenstein - 2001 - In Matthew Festenstein & Simon Thompson (eds.), Richard Rorty: Critical Dialogues. Polity Press. pp. 203--22.
  18. Richard Rorty: Pragmatism, Irony, and Liberalism.Matthew Festenstein - 2001 - In Matthew Festenstein & Simon Thompson (eds.), Richard Rorty: Critical Dialogues. Polity Press. pp. 1--14.
     
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    System and Legitimacy in the Wide View of Democracy.Matthew Festenstein - 2020 - European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 12 (1).
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    Spotlight: Pragmatism in Contemporary Political Theory.Matthew Festenstein - forthcoming - European Journal of Political Theory.
    This article surveys recent work in pragmatism and political theory. In doing so, it shows both how recent work on pragmatism has secured the view that at its core is a set of arguments about the c...
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    The Practice of Political Theory: Rorty and Continental Thought.Matthew Festenstein - 2018 - Contemporary Political Theory:1-4.
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    The Practice of Political Theory: Rorty and Continental Thought.Matthew Festenstein - 2020 - Contemporary Political Theory 19 (S3):221-224.
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    Philip Ironside, The Social and Political Thought of Bertrand Russell: The Development of an Aristocratic Liberalism, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1996, Pp. Xi + 280.Matthew Festenstein - 1997 - Utilitas 9 (3):367.
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    Book Review: Democracy After Liberalism: Pragmatism and Deliberative Politics. [REVIEW]Matthew Festenstein - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (1):141-143.