“Like Rum in the Punch”: The Quest for Cultural Democracy
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The aim of this chapter is to offer a critically insightful examination of the lecture series as it relates to Locke’s overall philosophy. Four crucial aspects of Locke’s philosophy are considered: critical pragmatism, Inter-American philosophy, philosophy of race, and cultural democracy. It is argued that in many respects the lecture series represents the culmination of Locke’s philosophy, and in others they demonstrate the maturation and refinement of his views. Various elements of Locke’s philosophy are synthesized in an effort to explain how he understands the notion of racial contributions to American cultures. In the end it is argued that the overall trajectory of Locke’s philosophy is toward an integrated view of American cultures one that incorporates various racial and ethnic elements into a pluralistic and cosmopolitan democratic culture.