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  1. Łukasz Nysler

Abstract

Toward pragmatic conservatism

Philosophical tradition of American pragmatism, and particularly its branch stemming from the works of John Dewey (1859–1952), is usually associated with the liberal or leftist position in political and social philosophy. The aim of this paper is to consider the question whether the basic ideas of Deweyan pragmatism can be reconciled with, and perhaps inspirational for the conservative thinking, where the „conservative thinking” is defined by reference to six basic principles (taken from Jacek Bartyzel — a prominent Polish conservative thinker): ethical absolutism (opposed to relativism), metaphysical (as opposed to dialectical) thinking, supranaturalistic humanism (opposed to naturalistic humanitarianism), anthropological and historiosophical pessimism (opposed to optimism), eschatological (as opposed to millenarian) thought, politics as social ethics (opposed to politics as Machiavellian, utilitarian play of interests).

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Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia

8, 2013, z. 2

Pages from 35 to 44

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