John Dewey’s Theory of Knowledge

Anthony Quinton

in Of Men and Manners

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731938 | DOI:
John Dewey’s Theory of Knowledge

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This chapter discusses Dewey's theory of knowledge. The intellectualist sees knowledge as something absolutely certain, which is contemplatively seen, by a mind that is at most contingently embodied, working on its own. For Dewey's anti-intellectualism what is sought is rational and corrigibly fallible belief, actively achieved, even made or constructed, and with the aid of conceptual instruments of human design, by an intelligent but embodied organism that is a natural part of the world it seeks to know, engaged on this undertaking as a collaborating member of a society of intelligent organisms of the same kind.

Keywords: theory of knowledge; pragmatism; anti-intellectualism; Cartesianism; fallibilism; instrumentalism; naturalism

Chapter.  6417 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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