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Title: The importance of pragmatism for liberal democracy: an anti-foundationalist and deliberative approach to multiculturalism
Authors: Trifirò, Fabrizio
Keywords: Normativitydemocracyfoundationalism
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Fabrizio Trifirò, "The importance of pragmatism for liberal democracy: an anti-foundationalist and deliberative approach to multiculturalism", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XII (2010) 1, pp. 68−85.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XII (2010) 1
Abstract: 
The paper illustrates the desirability of an anti-foundationalist approach to normativity
for the fullest realization of the liberal democratic project. The first section defends the
viability, epistemic and normative, of an anti-foundationalism inspired to the antimetaphysical
and anti-sceptical legacy of the founders of American pragmatism. The
second section, drawing on the deliberative turn in democratic theory and the capability
approach to autonomy, introduces what I regard to be the normative core of liberal
democracy. The third section fleshes out the desirability argument by looking at how a
pragmatist approach to normativity allows liberal democracies to address in a fully
deliberative spirit the challenges posed by the growing cultural diversity of contemporary
societies associated with contemporary processes of globalization.
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/4679
ISSN: 1825-5167
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