• Progressive Change in Emerson's 'The Conservative'
    Humanitas: Interdisciplinary journal (National Humanities Institute) 22 (1): 125-142. 2009.
  • I argue that John Dewey's philosophical pragmatism provides an ideal-based justification for liberalism. I explain how Dewey's conception of liberalism, because it is justified as a method of self-development rather than as a means for protecting individual rights, is able to reconcile the liberal concern for freedom, toleration and pluralism with the communitarian concern for civic virtue and the good life. The key is Dewey's conception of autonomy. Because Dewey identifies growth as adaptation…Read more