The Necessity of Pragmatism: John Dewey's Conception of Philosophy

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University of Illinois Press, 1986 - Philosophy - 326 pages
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Hailed as ""the most important overall reassessment of Dewey in several decades"" (Sidney Ratner, Journal of Speculative Philosophy), The Necessity of Pragmatism investigates the most difficult and neglected aspects of Dewey's thought, his metaphysics and logic. R. W. Sleeper argues for a fundamental unity in Dewey's work, a unity that rests on his philosophy of language, and clarifies Dewey's conception of pragmatism as an action-based philosophy with the power to effect social change through criticism and inquiry.Identifying Dewey's differences with his pragmatist forerunners, Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, Sleeper elucidates Dewey's reshaping of pragmatism and the radical significance of his philosophy of culture. In this first paperback edition, a new introduction by Tom Burke establishes the ongoing importance of Sleeper's analysis of the integrity of Dewey's work and its implications for mathematics, aesthetics, and the cognitive sciences.
  

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Contents

On Interpreting Dewey i
1
The Conception of a Philosophy
16
The Logic of Experience
44
Deweys Aristotelian Turn
78
Existence as Problematic
106
The Language of Logic and Truth
134
The Theory of Intelligent Behavior
168
Meliorism as Transformational
201
Index
231
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R. W. Sleeper was professor of philosophy at Queens College of the City University of New York.

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