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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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The Homo Faber Debate in Dewey and Max Scheler

The Homo Faber Debate in Dewey and Max Scheler

(p.231) Thirteen The Homo Faber Debate in Dewey and Max Scheler
Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism

Larry A. Hickman

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the differences between philosophers John Dewey and Max Scheler in relation to the homo faber doctrine. This doctrine was originally conceived by Henri Bergson and expounded by Dewey. Scheler criticized the primary features of the doctrine that considers humankind as uniquely a sign-making animal. The irony of Scheler's position with respect to the Instrumentalism of Dewey and Sidney Hook is that he took the continuity between human beings and the higher primates much more seriously in concrete terms than they did, thereby admitting the involvement of the higher primates in symbolic behavior and their use of simple forms of language.

Keywords:   John Dewey, Max Scheler, homo faber doctrine, Henri Bergson, Sidney Hook, Instrumentalism, symbolic behaviour, language

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