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The Logic of Pragmatism: An Examination of John Dewey's Logic


reviewed by Howard L. Parsons 1952

coverTitle: The Logic of Pragmatism: An Examination of John Dewey's Logic
Author(s): H. S. Thayer
Publisher: The Humanities Press, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 222, Year: 1952
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This is a logical analysis of the "logic" and "illogic" inherent in John Dewey's theory of inquiry. While it treats of the natural and experiential setting of inquiry and the origin, setting, terminus, and test of scientific inquiry in "common sense," as well as the general pattern of inquiry, its main focus is on certain obscurities, ambiguities, contradictions, and mistakes in Dewey's logical theory. In general, the author accepts with sympathy, insight, and admiration Dewey's "fundamental re-evaluation and comprehensive reconstruction in thought," and nearly always he seeks to set matters straight by, first, a liberal exploration of Dewey's meanings (though at times he approaches sophistry in straining to make his point, as in the discussion of "Existential Transformations"); second, by a careful survey of the evidence on the issue; and finally, by some tentative alternative of his own, usually in line with Dewey's tenor and intent. He tries (and, I think, on the whole succeeds) to clarify in a detailed way Dewey's cloudy notions, purging Dewey's... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 54 Number 2, 1952, p. 107-109
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4982, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 5:38:41 AM

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