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MO| aLITY Pragmatist Reconstruction in Ethical Theory TODD LEKAN making Making Morality THE VANDERBILT LIBRARY OF AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY offers interpretive perspectives on the historical roots of American philosophy and on present innovative developments in American thought, including studies of values, naturalism, social philosophy, cultural criticism, and applied ethics. Series Editors Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., General Editor (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis) Cornelis de Waal, Associate Editor (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis) Editorial Advisory Board Kwame Anthony Appiah (Harvard) Larry Hickman (Southern Illinois University) John Lachs (Vanderbilt) John J. McDermott (Texas A&M) Joel Porte (Cornell) Hilary Putnam (Harvard) Ruth Anna Putnam (Wellesley) Beth J. Singer (Brooklyn College) John J. Stuhr (Pennsylvania State) P RAG MATI ST R E C O N STR U CTI O N I N ETH I CAL TH E O RY Todd Lekan NA S H V I L L E Vanderbilt University Press • Making Morality © 2003 Vanderbilt University Press All rights reserved First Edition 2003 This book is printed on acid-free paper. Manufactured in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Lekan, Todd, 1967– Making morality : pragmatist reconstruction in ethical theory / Todd Lekan.— 1st ed. p. cm. — (The Vanderbilt library of American philosophy) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8265-1420-0 (alk. paper) ISBN 0-8265-1421-9 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Ethics. 2. Pragmatism. 3. Dewey, John, 1859-1952. I. Title. II. Series. BJ1031 .L45 2002 171'.2—dc21 2002014987 for Vivian ...