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Opening truth to imagination : the pragmatism of John Dewey and Richard Rorty

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dc.contributor.author McClelland, Kenneth A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-28T16:39:26Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-28T16:39:26Z
dc.date.issued 2006-05-28T16:39:26Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/1438
dc.description.abstract This 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 trajectory en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Dewey, John,|d1859-1952--Aesthetics. en_US
dc.subject Rorty, Richard--Aesthetics. en_US
dc.subject Pragmatism. en_US
dc.subject Education, Humanistic. en_US
dc.title Opening truth to imagination : the pragmatism of John Dewey and Richard Rorty en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Ph.D. Educational Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Education en_US


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