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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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Doing and Making in a Democracy

Doing and Making in a Democracy

(p.112) Seven Doing and Making in a Democracy
Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism

John Dewey

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses pragmatist John Dewey's claim that most of the philosophical predecessors had been guilty of a failure to recognize the importance of technology. He argues that they had for the most part misplaced technology with respect to science, metaphysics and social thought. He believes that this was due in part to their prejudice against the impermanent materials used by artisans and craftspeople, and to their tendency to deprecate the social classes whose members have traditionally dealt with doing and making in the practical sphere.

Keywords:   John Dewey, technology, science, metaphysics, social thought, pragmatism, artisan, craftspeople

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