A Relational World

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226627
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235704 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

A Relational World

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This chapter presents an essay on the significance of American classical philosophers William James and John Dewey's thought for global culture. It suggests that James' thought is the vestibule to the thought and values of the 20th century, and that the basis for his entire philosophical program can be found in his doctrine of relations he calls radical empiricism. Dewey absorbed the basic assumptions and claims of James, and he attempted to build James' insights into a social and political fabric in a more extensive and sophisticated way than did James.

Keywords: William James; John Dewey; American classical philosophers; global culture; radical empiricism; essay

Chapter.  8364 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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