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On Morals and Values: The Axiology of John Dewey


by Ernest E. Bayles 1967

Man's moral-ethical codes may be expressed in the laws of the land, in the convictions of one or another of the many groups of which he is a part, or in his own individual convictions, variant as they are from time to time, from context to context, from situation to situation. But these are natural, not supernatural, and entail acknowledgment as such. To determine what they are requires investigation, albeit epistemological, that focuses upon man; not upon God or the Cosmos. This is what the author finds as the axiology of John Dewey. And it is the axiology to which, so far forth, he finds himself committed.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 68 Number 8, 1967, p. 654-659
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2105, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 8:21:38 PM

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  • Ernest Bayles
    The University of Kansas
    Professor Bayles has long been a leader in the field of educational philosophy. A prolific writer, he has most recently produced Pragmatism in Education (Harper and Row), part of a series in educational philosophy on which he has served as editor, and Growth of American Educational Thought and Practice. The present article, based on an address delivered in 1965 to the Kansas City Unitarian Forum in Missouri, deals with John Dewey's approach to values and morals, an approach Dr. Bayles describes as one involving both the "head" and the "heart." The article becomes an occasion for a deeply felt statement of Dr. Bayles' own commitment to the active pursuit of value in a wholly natural, secularized world.
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