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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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To Be Human is To Humanize

To Be Human is To Humanize

A Radically Empirical Aesthetic

(p.345) Chapter Eighteen To Be Human is To Humanize
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay about the radical empirical aesthetic view that to be human is to humanize. It contends that modern art creates a revolution in man's view of himself as it broadens the ways in which he relates to the world and the ways by which he is informed, and that the most fruitful philosophical statement of the meaning of modern art is to be found in the thought of William James and John Dewey, interpreted as a radically empirical philosophy of experience. This essay attempts to show the unusual significance of radical empiricism for contemporary art.

Keywords:   radical empiricism, modern art, William James, John Dewey, contemporary art, essay

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