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Pragmatism and the Wide View of Democracy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Roberto Frega
    Pages 1-27
  3. Theoretical Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Roberto Frega
      Pages 31-62
    3. Roberto Frega
      Pages 63-99
  4. The Historical Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Roberto Frega
      Pages 103-158
    3. Roberto Frega
      Pages 159-208
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-210
    2. Roberto Frega
      Pages 211-238
    3. Roberto Frega
      Pages 239-268
    4. Roberto Frega
      Pages 319-356
    5. Roberto Frega
      Pages 357-393
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 395-427

About this book


‘In times of defiant populism, a refreshing, thought-provoking invitation to reorient attention from peoples to publics comes from Frega’s lucid reconstruction of the elective affinity of democracy and pragmatism. Frega’s wide view of democracy is an authentic must-read for democrats and pragmatists alike.’

  — Alessandro Ferrara, Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, Author of The Democratic Horizon

'"The cure for the ills of Democracy,” wrote Jane Addams, "is more Democracy.”  Roberto Frega amends Addams to say that the cure is a “wide view of democracy”—one that encompasses our habits, social interactions, and forms of organization.  Through a systematic philosophical, sociological and political analysis, Frega reveals how an inclusive group life and experimentalist institutions can revive our flagging democratic fortunes.'

— Christopher Ansell, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA

The aim of this book is to provide a fresh, wider, and more compelling account of democracy than the one we usually find in conventional contemporary political theory. Telling the story of democracy as a broad societal project rather than as merely a political regime, Frega delivers an account more in tune with our everyday experience and ordinary intuitions, bringing back into political theory the notion that democracy denotes first and foremost a form of society, and only secondarily a specific political regime.

The theoretical shift accomplished is major. Claiming that such a view of democracy is capable of replacing the mainstream categories of justice, freedom and non-domination in their hegemonic function of all-encompassing political concepts, Frega then argues for democracy as the broader normative framework within which to rethink the meaning and forms of associated living in all spheres of personal, social, economic, and political life. Drawing on diverse traditions of American pragmatism and critical theory, as well as tackling political issues which are at the core of contemporary theoretical debates, this book invites a rethinking of political theory to one more concerned with the political circumstances of social life, rather than remaining confined in the narrowly circumscribed space of a theory of government.



Democracy Political Theory Society Social Life Government Pragmatism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre Marc BlochBerlinGermany

About the authors

Roberto Frega (PhD) is a senior researcher in Philosophy at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, France. He has published books on social theories of normativity (Les sources sociales de la normativitè, 2013), and pragmatist moral and political philosophy (Practice, Judgment, and the Challenged of Moral and Political Disagreement. A Pragmatist Account, 2012) as well as over thirty articles on contemporary moral and political philosophy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pragmatism and the Wide View of Democracy
  • Authors Roberto Frega
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-18560-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-18563-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-18561-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 427
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Philosophy
    Social Philosophy
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