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Keywords:

  • John Dewey;
  • Deweyan democracy;
  • Charles S. Peirce;
  • John Rawls;
  • democracy;
  • pluralism;
  • justification

Abstract

In A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy, I launched a pragmatist critique of Deweyan democracy and a pragmatist defense of an alternative view of democracy, one based in C. S. Peirce's social epistemology. In this article, I develop a more precise version of the criticism of Deweyan democracy I proposed in A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy, and provide further details of the Peircean alternative. Along the way, some recent critics are addressed.