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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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    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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    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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  4. 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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    Politics and Acquiescence in Rorty's Pragmatism.Matthew Festenstein - 2003 - Theoria 50 (101):1-24.
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    Self-Censorship for Democrats.Matthew Festenstein - 2018 - European Journal of Political Theory 17 (3):1474885115587480.
    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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  7. John Dewey : Inquiry, Ethics, and Democracy.Matthew Festenstein - 2008 - In C. J. Misak (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
  8. 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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    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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    National Identity, Political Trust and the Public Realm.Matthew Festenstein - 2009 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 12 (2):279-296.
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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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    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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    Book Review: How Propaganda Works, by Jason StanleyReview: How Propaganda Works, by StanleyJason. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. [REVIEW]Matthew Festenstein - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (6):881-885.
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  14. 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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    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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    A Brief Rejoinder to Critics.Matthew Festenstein - 2010 - Contemporary Political Theory 9 (1):56-58.
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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.
  18. 4 Cultural Diversity and the Limits of Liberalism.Matthew Festenstein - 2000 - In Noël O'Sullivan (ed.), Political Theory in Transition. Routledge. pp. 70.
  19. Contemporary Liberalism.Matthew Festenstein - 1998 - In Adam Lent (ed.), New Political Thought: An Introduction. Lawrence & Wishart.
     
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  20. Pragmatism, Social Democracy, and Political Argument.Matthew Festenstein - 2001 - In Matthew Festenstein & Simon Thompson (eds.), Richard Rorty: Critical Dialogues. Polity Press. pp. 203--22.