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date: 22 September 2019

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John Dewey is often portrayed as a critic of “representationalist” views in epistemology and the philosophy of mind. Despite writing in a different context, Dewey’s position is indeed similar to some recent forms of anti-representationalism. Some of his central arguments in this area suffer from the use of false dichotomies: the fact that we wish to transform the world does not show that we have no business representing things as they are. We might represent them first, in order to change them later. A detailed discussion of cartographic maps in Dewey’s 1938 Logic is especially useful for working out where Dewey might differ from a more modern representationalist position and whether he would have reason to reject such views.

Keywords: John Dewey, representation, knowledge, maps, epistemology

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