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Saving God: John Dewey's Attack on the Demons of Philosophy

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Michael Brady
SIUC
United States

Abstract:
In John Dewey’s newly re-discovered book Unmodern Philosophy and Modern Philosophy, he gives a cultural-philosophical argument. Part of this argument is that much of modern culture—philosophy, science, religion—is permeated with the unhealthy detritus of past ages. There is, I will argue, a much stronger tone to Dewey’s attack in this text than in his other books on a similar topic. This tone helps reveal the importance of this late career attack on an unhealthy detritus that has become so deeply cherished in our culture. As a provocative experiment, I combine this argument with the “methodological” solution of scientific method as presented by Dewey in the text.

 

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