David rondel pragmatist egalitarianism oxford university press 2018 221pp 8500 isbn 9780190680688 reviewed by kasper lippert rasmussen university of rhus david rondel assumes that equality is a worthy moral and political ideal p 18. Pragmatist egalitarianism argues that a deep impasse plagues philosophical egalitarianism and sets forth a novel conception of equality rooted in american pragmatist thought that successfully mediates itthere is a division within egalitarianism between those who regard equality as a fundamentally distributive ideal and those who construe it as a normative conception of human relationships. In his new book pragmatist egalitarianism oxford university press 2018 david rondel seeks to make a pragmatist contribution to egalitarian political philosophy drawing specifically on dewey william james and richard rorty rondell argued for a pluralist approach to egalitarianism one that resolves tensions among competing . In the press in this remarkable new study david rondel breathes new life into pragmatist political thinking by proposing a pragmatist egalitarianism that can take a place within the broader arena of current political philosophy. David rondel earned his phd from the department of philosophy at mcmaster university in 2009 having written a dissertation on john rawls and liberal theories of equality his areas of research specialization include egalitarianism theories of distributive justice marx and marxism and increasingly american pragmatist political theory
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