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John Dewey: His Thought and Influence

reviewed by Richard Rorty 1960

coverTitle: John Dewey: His Thought and Influence
Author(s): J. Blewett
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This is a collection of eight essays by Catholic scholars on the occasion of Dewey's centenary. As Professor John Brubacher remarks in his Foreword, the essays "honor Dewey, not by offering a new critique of his position, but by making an honest endeavor to understand and portray just what his thought and influence have been. For the most part, appraisal is only incidental and by inference." Thus, we do not here find any attempt to guide the argument between Deweyan instrumentalism and Thomistic realism back to fundamental epistemological, methodological, or metaphysical issues. On the contrary, we are reminded that the essayists take a radically un-Deweyan stand on such matters only in an occasional aside, as when we are told that Dewey "unfortunately remained impervious to certain inner experiences which yield intelligible necessities with respect to truth and value" (p. 185), or that "The continuum of experience will not be adequate.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 1, 1960, p. 88-88
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3243, Date Accessed: 9/26/2018 8:54:02 AM

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