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Pragmatist Egalitarianism

David Rondel


Pragmatist Egalitarianism argues that a deep impasse plagues philosophical egalitarianism, and sets forth a conception of equality rooted in American pragmatist thought that successfully mediates that impasse. The book argues that there is a division within egalitarianism between those who regard equality as a fundamentally distributive ideal and those who construe it as a normative conception of human relationships. These rival conceptions are referred to as “vertical” and “horizontal” egalitarianism, respectively. Despite their close connection, these ideals may come apart. And yet, so much ... More

Keywords: egalitarianism, American pragmatism, John Dewey, William James, Richard Rorty, justice, inequality, liberalism, Marxism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190680688
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190680688.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Rondel, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Nevada, Reno