Recovering Integrity: Moral Thought in American Pragmatism

2016.02.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stuart Rosenbaum, Recovering Integrity: Moral Thought in American Pragmatism, Lexington Books, 2015, 169pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.02.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stuart Rosenbaum, Recovering Integrity: Moral Thought in American Pragmatism, Lexington Books, 2015, 169pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781498510202. Reviewed by G. Scott Davis, University of Richmond Stuart Rosenbaum sets out to complete Alasdair MacIntyre's project of demolishing contemporary Anglo-American moral theory, concluding that, pace MacIntyre, we need neither Nietzsche nor Aristotle, but rather William James and John Dewey. For Rosenbaum, the European entry into the western hemisphere demanded the recognition of competing ways of life that could not be swept away. While the book as a whole is uneven, I think Rosenbaum makes a powerful case for a distinctively pragmatic moral perspective that provides a natural fit for the sort of pluralist, democratic, social world many of us associate with America at her best. That he neglects the potential for moral thought in "America's greatest Pragmatist" simply. . .

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