Abstract and Keywords
This chapter advances a reading of Dewey’s oeuvre in a way that confirms the perceptible convergence of the views of the Classic Pragmatists (Dewey, Peirce, James), over their entire careers, that depends on Dewey’s own innovations as well as borrowings from Peirce and James. The general drift of the movement is discussed in terms of the preference of flux over fixity, the deep informality of inquiry and judgment, Darwinian and post-Darwinian treatments of the continuum of the animal and the human, the treatment of the epistemological problem in terms inherently opposed to Kantian transcendentalism and Fregean rationalism, the abandonment of teleologism, essentialism, and fixities of any substantive or methodological kind. The chapter features especially the instrumental use of changing experience; the meaning of “the two logics” thesis that Dewey and Peirce share; the strengthening confrontation between pragmatism and rationalism; and the encounter with the so-called pragmatist features of the Pittsburgh School.
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