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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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Aristotle and Dewey on the Rat Race

Aristotle and Dewey on the Rat Race

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(p.331) Twenty-Three Aristotle and Dewey on the Rat Race
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Freedom and Limits
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Patrick Shade

John Lachs

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0025

Lachs examines Dewey's notion of means-end integrated actions by embracing his denotative method and so seeking its empirical warrant. Though love and play offer concrete examples of means-end integrated actions, Lachs concludes that these are limited and not representative of the range of human experiences. Though Dewey hoped that technology could aid us in making life more artful, Lachs's perspective is more guarded. Drawing on his theory of mediation, he stresses that technological mediation severs rather than integrates means and ends. Social advances, even when aimed at enhancing freedom and enabling us to enjoy more of our actions, are similarly limited.

Keywords:   Aristotle, John Dewey, Means-end integrated action

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