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“Contrary to Human Nature”

by John Dewey — 1940

OPPONENTS OF PROJECTS FOR bringing about social change have a number of defense devices they resort to almost automatically. One of the commonest, and laziest, of these devices is the assertion that the proposal goes contrary to human nature. More sweepingly still, it is often very constitution that the proposal is bound to fail and therefore shouldn’t even be tried. It is always dangerous from an intellectual point of view to try to oppose a practical movement with an argument drawn from a purely abstract idea.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 1, 1940, p. 234-235
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14099, Date Accessed: 9/22/2018 9:15:37 AM

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