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dc.contributor.authorMcClelland, Kenneth A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-05-28T16:39:26Z
dc.date.available2009-05-28T16:39:26Z
dc.date.issued2006-05-28T16:39:26Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/1438
dc.description.abstractThis study explores in a comparative way the works of two American pragmatist philosophers-John Dewey and Richard Rorty. I have provided a reading of their broader works in order to offer what I hope is a successful sympathetic comparison where very few exist. Dewey is often viewed as the central hero in the classical American pragmatic tradition, while Rorty, a contemporary pragmatist, is viewed as some sort of postmodern villain. I show that the different approaches by the two philosophers-Dewey's experiential focus versus Rorty's linguistic focus-exist along a common pragmatic continuum, and that much of the critical scholarship that pits the two pragmatists against each other has actually created an unwarranted dualism between experience and language. I accomplish this task by following the critical movement by each of the pragmatists through their respective reworking of traditional absolutist truth conceptions toward a more aesthetical, imaginative position. I also show how this shift or "turning" represents an important aspect of the American philosophical tradition-its aesthetic axis. I finally indicate a role for liberal education (focusing on higher nonvocational education) in accommodating this turning, a turning that in the end is necessitated by democracy's future trajectoryen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectDewey, John,|d1859-1952--Aesthetics.en_US
dc.subjectRorty, Richard--Aesthetics.en_US
dc.subjectPragmatism.en_US
dc.subjectEducation, Humanistic.en_US
dc.titleOpening truth to imagination : the pragmatism of John Dewey and Richard Rortyen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.namePh.D. Educational Studiesen_US
dc.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Educationen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Educationen_US


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