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The Determination of Ultimate Values or Aims through Antecedent or A Priori Speculation or through Pragmatic or Empirical Inquiry


by John Dewey 1938

Philosophy is frequently presented as the systematic endeavor to obtain knowledge of what is called Ultimate and Eternal Reality. Many thinkers have defended this conception of its task and aim on the ground that human life can derive stable guidance only by means of ideals and standards that have their source in Ultimate Reality.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 37, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 39 Number 10, 1938, p. 471-485
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20803, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 2:15:58 PM

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  • John Dewey
    Columbia University
    JOHN DEWEY is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.
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