Pragmatic Encounters

2016.08.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard J. Bernstein, Pragmatic Encounters, Routledge, 2016, 234pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781848935157. Reviewed by Georgia
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2016.08.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard J. Bernstein, Pragmatic Encounters, Routledge, 2016, 234pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781848935157. Reviewed by Georgia Warnke, University of California, Riverside This book offers a selection of the papers that Richard J. Bernstein has written or given over the past 10 years or so. Together they offer an appealing picture of what calls his "engaged fallibilistic pluralism," a pluralism that stems from the American pragmatists and is enriched by "encounters" with, among others, Arendt, Gadamer, Habermas, Rorty and Taylor. In the second essay, Bernstein lays out what he finds so attractive about pragmatism. First is its anti-foundationalism. The pragmatists reject the idea of absolute foundations not in favor of relativism but in favor of a conception of inquiry as a self-correcting enterprise. Second, pragmatism maintains that all validity claims are fallible, that we can never know anything with an. . .

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