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Legal Pragmatism
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In Legal Pragmatism, Michael Sullivan looks closely at the place of the individual and community in democratic society. After mapping out a brief history of American legal thinking regarding rights, from communitarianism to liberalism, Sullivan gives a rich and nuanced account of how pragmatism worked to resolve conflicts of self-interest and community well-being. Sullivan's view of pragmatism provides a comprehensive framework for understanding democracy, as well as issues such as health care, education, gay marriage, and illegal immigration that will determine its character in the future. Legal Pragmatism is a bold, carefully argued book that presents a unique understanding of contemporary society, law, and politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. C O N T E N TS
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. One. What’s Right with Rights and Wrong with Communitarianism
  2. pp. 6-31
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  1. Two. Taking Rights and Pragmatism Seriously
  2. pp. 32-47
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  1. Three. Posner’s Unpragmatic Pragmatism
  2. pp. 48-78
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  1. Four. Toward a Reconstructive Pragmatism
  2. pp. 79-97
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  1. Five. Reconstructing Judicial Review
  2. pp. 98-115
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  1. Six. Pragmatism, Genealogy, and Democracy
  2. pp. 116-120
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 121-146
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 153-159
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