Growth and the Social Reconstruction of Criteria

Naoko Saito

in The Gleam of Light

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224623
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235728 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Growth and the Social Reconstruction             of Criteria

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This chapter discusses Cavell's voice of criticism. Dewey at some point starts to disclose his distance from Emerson. It is Cavell and Emerson, his critical conversational partners, who confront Dewey about this distance. The distance is a matter of not only linguistic means, but also of philosophical means, which affects Dewey's theme of EMP. Cavell's criticism of Dewey comes back to us—his frustration with the lack of concreteness in Dewey's language and with the inaudibility of voices of children in his text.

Keywords: Cavell; Emerson; Dewey; distance; criticism; inaudibility of voices

Chapter.  6210 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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