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    A Defence of Liberal Ironism.Michael Bacon - 2005 - Res Publica 11 (4):403-423.
    Richard Rorty’s notion of ironism has been widely criticized for entailing frivolity and light-mindedness, for being inimical to moral commitment and, perhaps most importantly, for its putative incompatibility with his vision of liberalism. This paper suggests that these criticisms are misplaced, stemming from a misunderstanding of ironism that Rorty’s presentation has itself in part encouraged. The paper goes on to argue that ironism is not only consistent with the liberal society which Rorty favours, but that it can serve such a (...)
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  2. Richard Rorty : Liberalism, Irony, and Social Hope.Michael Bacon - 2011 - In Catherine H. Zuckert (ed.), Political Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: Authors and Arguments. Cambridge University Press.
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    Rorty, Irony and the Consequences of Contingency for Liberal Society.Michael Bacon - 2017 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 43 (9):953-965.
    This article examines Richard Rorty’s much criticized figure of the ironist, and the role that it plays in liberal society. It argues that, against Rorty’s own presentation, irony might have positive social consequences. It does so by examining Rorty’s description of the ironist, arguing that it contains different ideas which emerge at different points in Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity. It takes up William Curtis’ claim that irony is a civic virtue, one closely associated with liberal ideas such as tolerance and (...)
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    Liberal Universalism: On Brian Barry and Richard Rorty.Michael Bacon - 2003 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 6 (2):41-62.
    At first sight it would seem difficult to find two philosophers as different as Brian Barry and Richard Rorty. It is widely held that the former is one of the most forceful proponents of liberal universalism, whereas the latter is typically viewed as the quintessential relativist. In this essay, different usages of the term univeralism are considered, and it is argued that Rorty's position is much closer to that of Barry than is generally supposed. Indeed, the article concludes by suggesting (...)
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    Beyond Metaphysics Gianni Vattimo and the Meaning of Hermeneutics for Political Theory.Michael Bacon - 2016 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (8):763-776.
    This article examines Gianni Vattimo’s contribution to the recent ontological turn in political theory. Drawing on Nietzsche and Heidegger, Vattimo offers a ‘philosophy of history’ in which strong metaphysical claims are presented as gradually being weakened, but in which the irrationalism he thinks characteristic of many anti-foundationalist theorists is also avoided. This philosophy is said to provide for new understandings of ethical and political life which have the acceptance of pluralism as their aim. The article argues that Vattimo’s attempt to (...)
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    Recognition of Reviewers.Anita Allen, Andrew Altman, Erik A. Anderson, David Archard, Faith Armitage, Gustaf Arrhenius, Marcus Arvan, Michael Bacon, Daniel Bar-Tal & Paul Benson - 2010 - Journal of Social Philosophy 41 (4):399-402.
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    Recognition of Reviewers.Katy Abramson, Elizabeth S. Anderson, Erik A. Anderson, Chris Armstrong, Barbara Arneil, Richard Arneson, Gustaf Arrhenius, Marcus Arvan, Elizabeth Ashford & Michael Bacon - 2013 - Journal of Social Philosophy 44 (4):309-312.
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    On Cheryl Misak’s Modest Pragmatism.Michael Bacon - 2014 - Contemporary Pragmatism 11 (2):95-105.
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    Breaking Up is Hard to Do.Michael Bacon - 2010 - Social Theory and Practice 36 (3):365-384.
    This paper examines the issue that has taken center stage in the writings of John Gray, the bankruptcy of the Enlightenment project and its implications for liberal political theory. The paper outlines Gray’s critique, showing that elements of his argument against what he calls “the liberal project” apply equally to his own value-pluralist position. It suggests that Gray equivocates between rejecting the Enlightenment liberal project and offering a value-pluralist version of that project because of a fear of moral relativism, a (...)
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  10. Philosophy as Cultural Politics.Michael Bacon - 2008 - Critical Horizons 9 (1):102-104.
     
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  11. Beyond Metaphysics.Michael Bacon - 2016 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (8):763-776.
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  12. Pragmatism: An Introduction.Michael Bacon - 2014 - Polity.
    _Pragmatism: An Introduction _provides an account of the arguments of the central figures of the most important philosophical tradition in the American history of ideas, pragmatism. This wide-ranging and accessible study explores the work of the classical pragmatists Charles Sanders Peirce, William James and John Dewey, as well as more recent philosophers including Richard Rorty, Richard J. Bernstein, Cheryl Misak, and Robert B. Brandom. Michael Bacon examines how pragmatists argue for the importance of connecting philosophy to practice. In so doing, (...)
     
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    Pragmatism: An Introduction.Michael Bacon - 2012 - Polity.
    _Pragmatism: An Introduction _provides an account of the arguments of the central figures of the most important philosophical tradition in the American history of ideas, pragmatism. This wide-ranging and accessible study explores the work of the classical pragmatists Charles Sanders Peirce, William James and John Dewey, as well as more recent philosophers including Richard Rorty, Richard J. Bernstein, Cheryl Misak, and Robert B. Brandom. Michael Bacon examines how pragmatists argue for the importance of connecting philosophy to practice. In so doing, (...)
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  14. Pragmatism: An Introduction.Michael Bacon - 2013 - Polity.
    _Pragmatism: An Introduction _provides an account of the arguments of the central figures of the most important philosophical tradition in the American history of ideas, pragmatism. This wide-ranging and accessible study explores the work of the classical pragmatists Charles Sanders Peirce, William James and John Dewey, as well as more recent philosophers including Richard Rorty, Richard J. Bernstein, Cheryl Misak, and Robert B. Brandom. Michael Bacon examines how pragmatists argue for the importance of connecting philosophy to practice. In so doing, (...)
     
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  15. Richard Rorty,Philosophy as Cultural Politics.Michael Bacon - 2008 - Critical Horizons 9 (1):102-104.
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  16. Richard Rorty: Pragmatism and Political Liberalism.Michael Bacon - 2007 - Lexington Books.
    Michael Bacon gives a critical presentation of Rorty's writings on pragmatism and political theory, comparing and contrasting him with pragmatists such as Hilary Putnam and Susan Haack and liberals such as John Rawls and Brian Barry. The result is an imaginative presentation of one of contemporary philosophy's most innovative and important thinkers.
     
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  17. Richard Rorty, Philosophy as Cultural Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), Paperback, Isbn 9780521698351, 218 Pages,£ 15.99. [REVIEW]Michael Bacon - 2008 - Critical Horizons 9 (1):102-104.
  18. Richard Rorty: Pragmatism and Political Liberalism.Michael Bacon - 2007 - Lexington Books.
    Michael Bacon gives a critical presentation of Rorty's writings on pragmatism and political theory, comparing and contrasting him with pragmatists such as Hilary Putnam and Susan Haack and liberals such as John Rawls and Brian Barry. The result is an imaginative presentation of one of contemporary philosophy's most innovative and important thinkers.
     
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