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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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A Relational World

A Relational World

The Significance of the Thought of William James and John Dewey for Global Culture

(p.145) Chapter Seven A Relational World
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the significance of American classical philosophers William James and John Dewey's thought for global culture. It suggests that James' thought is the vestibule to the thought and values of the 20th century, and that the basis for his entire philosophical program can be found in his doctrine of relations he calls radical empiricism. Dewey absorbed the basic assumptions and claims of James, and he attempted to build James' insights into a social and political fabric in a more extensive and sophisticated way than did James.

Keywords:   William James, John Dewey, American classical philosophers, global culture, radical empiricism, essay

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