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Pragmatism as Post-PostmodernismLessons from John Dewey$
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Larry A. Hickman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228416

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228416.001.0001

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What was Dewey's Magic Number?

What was Dewey's Magic Number?

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(p.181) Ten What was Dewey's Magic Number?
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Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism
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Larry A. Hickman

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823228416.003.0011

This chapter examines the magic number for pragmatist John Dewey based on the work of Abraham Kaplan. Kaplan analyzed several of Dewey's books including The School and Society, The Child and the Curriculum to Experience and Nature, and Knowing and the Known, and suggested that Dewey's magic number could be two or Dewey had two magic numbers. He explains that this is because Dewey looked for twos to turn them into ones, or resolve dualisms.

Keywords:   John Dewey, magic number, dualism, pragmatism, Abraham Kaplan

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