Feeling, Will, and Self-Realization

Donald J. Morse

in Faith in Life

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234707
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240760 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Feeling, Will, and Self-Realization

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This chapter explains Dewey's account of feelings and shows how this account helps him make the case that feelings are about self-realization and contain a universal progression. It shows that Dewey presents a compelling argument for the view that human feelings progress from narrow, isolated states to more universal and encompassing ones. This chapter also shows how, for Dewey, this same pattern repeats itself in one's willing: one's wills, too, are about one's self-realization, about one's ability to put the ideal meanings more and more into actions. Hence, contrary to the modernist assumption, one's wills also help demonstrate the meaningful nature of the universe—a universe now imbued with human meanings through one's efforts, and therefore a universe that human beings can embrace.

Keywords: feelings; self-realization; universal progression; wills; universe

Chapter.  17919 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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