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Beyond Solidarity

Pragmatism and Difference in a Globalized World

Beyond Solidarity is an impassioned argument for a sharable morality in a world increasingly fractured along lines of difference. Giles Gunn asks how human solidarity can be reconceived when its expressions have become increasingly exceptionalist and outmoded, and when the pressures of globalization divide as much as they unify.
He finds the terms for answering these questions in a more inclusive, cosmopolitan pragmatism—one willing to explore fundamental values without recourse to absolutist arguments. Drawing on the work of William and Henry James, John Dewey, Primo Levi, Richard Rorty, and many others, as well as postcolonial writing, Jewish literature of the Holocaust, and the cultural and religious experience of African Americans in slavery, Gunn points pragmatism in a transnational direction and shows how it can better account for the consequences of diversity. Beyond Solidarity, then, is a study of the difference that difference makes in a globalized world.

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2001

Culture Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Philosophy: American Philosophy

Religion: American Religions, Philosophy of Religion, Theology, and Ethics

Table of Contents

I. Rethinking Solidarity
1. Multiculturalism, Mourning, and the Colonial Legacy of the
Americas: Towards a New Pragmatics of Cross- and Intercultural
2. Rethinking Human Solidarity in an Age of Globalism
II. Jamesian Matters
3. William James and the Globalization of Pragmatism
4. Pragmatism and The American Scene
III. Pragmatist Rereadings
5. Religion, Rorty, and te Recent Revival of Pragmatism
6. Rhetorical Pragmatism and the Question of the Historical
7. The Pragmativs of the Aesthetic
IV. Beyond Solidarity
8. Beyond Solidarity

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