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Task of Utopia A Pragmatist and Feminist Perspective

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ISBN-10: 074251319X

ISBN-13: 9780742513198

Edition: 2002

Authors: Erin McKenna

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Are utopian visions viable in the 21st century? Utopia has been equated, for many, with totalitarianism. Such visions are not acceptable. The loss of utopian visions altogether is also unacceptable. This book argues that American Pragmatism and Feminist theory can combine to provide a process model of utopia that pushes to build a flexible future that helps us deal with change, conflict, and diversity without resorting to fixed ends.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Problem of the Future
The Need for Utopia
Why Pragmatism, Feminism, and Utopia?
An Overview
The End-State Model of Utopia
Static Imagination
The Desirability of Perfection
The Possibility of Perfection
Rousseau: Utopian Education
Perfection as Process
The End-State Vision of Women's Country
Women's Country
Problems of the Vision
Women's Country: A Useful Utopian Vision?
The Anarchist Model of Utopia
Anarchist Imagination
The Cost of Freedom
The Possibility of Freedom and Its Maintenance
Anarchist Education
Freedom as the Precondition of Progress
The Anarchist Vision of Mattapoisett
Mattapoisett
Problems of the Vision
Mattapoisett: A Useful Utopian Vision?
Dewey's Democracy: A Process Model of Utopia
Intelligent Imagination
The Possibilities of Imagined Ends
Realizing the Possible
Dewey Rejects End-State and Anarchist Visions
Judging Future Possibilities
Education and Experimentation
The Need to Dream the Possible
Dewey's Community
A Picture of Community
The Possibility of Community
Feminism, Pragmatism, Community, and Utopia
A Feminist Critique of Dewey's Call for Community
Feminst Utopias
The Kesh
The Hill Women
The Valley and the Wanderground--Good Ends-in-View
The Future of Utopia
Bibliography
Index
About the Author