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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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Beyond the Epistemology Industry

Beyond the Epistemology Industry

Dewey's Theory of Inquiry

(p.206) Twelve Beyond the Epistemology Industry
Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism

Larry A. Hickman

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses pragmatist John Dewey's theory of inquiry. It explains that Dewey did not develop a theory of knowledge in the usual sense of epistemology, but he did have a well-developed theory of inquiry. He was highly influenced by the work of Charles Darwin and he identifies inquiry as the primary means by which reflective organisms seek to achieve stability through adaptation. He also believes that it is by means of inquiry that humans are able to exert control over their own habit formation.

Keywords:   John Dewey, theory of inquiry, epistemology, Charles Darwin, theory of knowledge, adaptation, habit formation

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