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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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Isolation as Starvation

Isolation as Starvation

John Dewey and a Philosophy of the Handicapped

(p.291) Chapter Fifteen Isolation as Starvation
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

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This chapter presents an essay on John Dewey's philosophy about the handicapped. It argues against criticisms that view Dewey's thought as a Pollyanna vision, innocent of mishap and evil and too trusting in human ingenuity. This view is unfair and actually reverses Dewey's fundamental position because for him, existence involves chance and risk and is indeed an ontological gamble. Dewey also believes that luck is proverbially good and bad in its distributions, and that the method of philosophy must confront the teachings of sad experience.

Keywords:   John Dewey, handicapped, Pollyanna vision, luck, sad experience, philosophy, essay

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