James Bohman
(1954 - 2021)
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    Introduction: The Interpretive Turn
    with David R. Hiley and Richard Shusterman
    In David Hiley, James Bohman & Richard Shusterman (eds.), The Interpretive Turn: Philosophy, Science, Culture, Cornell University Press. pp. 1-14. 1991.
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    The Interpretive Turn: Philosophy, Science, Culture (edited book)
    with David Hiley and Richard Shusterman
    Cornell University Press. 1991.
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    Philosophy of the Social Sciences: Towards Pragmatism
    Human Studies 32 (3): 375-381. 2009.
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    In his long attempt to solve the vexing and diverse problems of formulating a critical social science of modern societies, Habermas has along the way borrowed from many and quite diverse theoretical and philosophical resources, including Anglo-American analytic philosophy of language, ethics and political philosophy. Initially, Habermas borrowed extensively from American Pragmatism, first Peirce’s philosophy of inquiry and then later from George Herbert Mead, whose thought his own enterprise mos…Read more
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    La madurez de la democracia deliberativa
    Co-herencia 13 (24): 105-143. 2016.
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    Constitution Making and Democratic Innovation
    European Journal of Political Theory 3 (3): 315-337. 2004.
    The European Union stands before a constitutional moment. While some deny the need for a constitution and others want a familiar federal form, I argue that one of the main goals of the constitutional convention ought to be to make the European Union more democratic. The central question is: what sort of democracy is suggested by some of the more novel aspects of European integration? This question demands a normative standard by which to evaluate the realization of democracy in transnational pol…Read more
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    In this discussion of Seyla Benhabib’s Claims of Culture, I defend a more pluralist conception of deliberative democracy and a stronger conception of the cosmopolitan content of human rights. I will discuss three main issues: first, problems of incommensurability and deep conflict; second, the role of impartiality and normative constraints embodied in the ‘syntactic’ and ‘semantic’ interpretations of the deliberative formula ‘reasons that all could accept’; and third, the differences in our conc…Read more
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    Beyond Distributive Justice and Struggles for Recognition
    European Journal of Political Theory 6 (3): 267-276. 2007.
    This article argues that a theory of recognition cannot provide the comprehensive basis for a critical theory or a conception of social justice. In this respect, I agree with Fraser's impulse to include more in such a theory, such as distributive justice and participatory parity. Fraser does not go far enough, to the extent that methodologically she seeks a theory of the same sort as Honneth's. Both Honneth's and Fraser's comprehensive theories cannot account for a central phenomenon of contempo…Read more
  • Public Deliberation: Pluralism, Complexity, and Democracy
    Philosophy and Rhetoric 31 (4): 321-326. 1998.
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    How to Do Things with Fictions
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (2): 201-222. 2014.
    The article reconstructs three key concepts of Hans Vaihinger: the idea of mental fictions as self-contradictory, provisory, conscious, and purposeful; the law of the devolution of ideas stating that an idea oscillates between dogma, hypothesis, or fiction; and the underlying assumption about human consciousness that the psyche constructs thoughts around perceptions like an oyster produces a pearl. In a second, constructive part, these concepts are applied in a discussion of John Searle’s social…Read more
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    The Idea of Philosophy and Its Relation to Social Science
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (2): 151-178. 2014.
    This article takes up Winch’s exploration of a certain dialectic in philosophical accounts of social inquiry, the poles of which I refer to as the under-laborer and over-laborer conceptions of philosophy. I argue that these conceptions, shown in Risjord and Reed, respectively, are caught in a dialectic of treating philosophy’s roles as either modestly clarifying or broadly determining the claims of social science. A third conception of philosophy, the therapeutic conception, is exemplified by Re…Read more
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    Blame It on the Norm
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (2): 131-150. 2014.
    In this paper, I provide a qualified defense of the claim that cognitive biases are not necessarily signs of irrationality, but rather the result of using normative standards that are too narrow. I show that under certain circumstances, behavior that violates traditional norms of rationality can be adaptive. Yet, I express some reservations about the claim that we should replace our traditional normative standards. Furthermore, I throw doubt on the claim that the replacement of normative standar…Read more
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    This article investigates the status of Norbert Elias’s conception of the sociology of knowledge as the means to provide a new epistemological security for sociology. The author of the article argues that this translates into an effective critique of the underlaboring model of the relationship between philosophy and the social sciences, which is consistent with Elias’s attempt to consolidate his own sociological theory. Nevertheless, the author argues that Elias’s sociology of knowledge runs int…Read more
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    Book Review: Extensionalism: The Revolution in Logic (review)
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (1): 116-120. 2013.
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    Relativism and the Ontological Turn within Anthropology
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (1): 3-23. 2013.
    The “ontological turn” is a recent movement within cultural anthropology. Its proponents want to move beyond a representationalist framework, where cultures are treated as systems of belief that provide different perspectives on a single world. Authors who write in this vein move from talk of many cultures to many “worlds,” thus appearing to affirm a form of relativism. We argue that, unlike earlier forms of relativism, the ontological turn in anthropology is not only immune to the arguments of …Read more
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    While Continental philosophers have had much to say about the nature of politics and about modern political institutions, they do not consider their task to provide the basis for evaluating policies or justifying institutions. Even if analytic philosophers no longer think of themselves as giving conceptual analyses of key political terms, they generally do what Continental philosophers do not: by elaborating systematic principles, their goal is precisely to provide the basis for “evaluating the …Read more
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    Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World (review)
    Ethics and International Affairs 28 (3): 402-404. 2014.
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    The Public Spheres of the World Citizen
    Proceedings of the Eighth International Kant Congress 1 1065-1080. 1995.
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    The social critic must be able to supply participants with truthful insights into their practices, particularly with regard to the representation and constitution of these practices in speaking and acting. Marx offers one form of such criticism in the critique of ideology and lays its foundations in a general theory of linguistic representation; the particular theory he employs must be criticized, but this methodology should not abandoned. His error was to restrict the function of language to me…Read more
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    Pluralismus, Kulturspezifität und kosmopolitische Öffentlichkeit im Zeichen der Globalisierung
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 45 (6): 927-942. 1997.
  • Welterschließung und radikale Kritik
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 41 (3): 563-574. 1993.
  • Hermeneutics
    In Robert Audi (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, Cambridge University Press. pp. 89--91. 1999.
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    Citizen and Person: Legal Status and Human Rights in Hannah Arendt
    In Marco Goldoni & Christopher McCorkindale (eds.), Hannah Arendt and the Law, Hart Pub.2. 2012.