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Pragmatism and Justice$
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Susan Dieleman, David Rondel, and Christopher Voparil

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190459239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459239.001.0001

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Empirical Approaches to Problems of Injustice

Empirical Approaches to Problems of Injustice

Elizabeth Anderson and the Pragmatists

(p.81) Chapter 4 Empirical Approaches to Problems of Injustice
Pragmatism and Justice

Gregory Fernando Pappas

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Anderson’s Imperative of Integration (2010) has been considered an instantiation of a nonideal pragmatist’s approach to political philosophy, one that challenges the way mainstream analytic political philosophy is done. However, Anderson’s characterization of the pragmatists’ approach does not fully capture how radical is the pragmatists’ “empirical” approach to injustices; and what it has to contribute today to nonideal approaches to injustices. While Anderson’s characterization of the pragmatists’ approach to injustices is on target, it is incomplete and sometimes narrow in regard to (a) what should be the starting point (b) what are the experiential resources that pragmatism considers important. The criticism of Anderson is done in the spirit of reformulating and strengthening the pragmatist approach to injustice, one that can answer some of the objections that have been raised already against Anderson; more importantly, one that offers a promising approach to inquiry into present and future injustices.

Keywords:   injustice, nonideal theory, Anderson, Dewey, Addams

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