Isolation as Starvation

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

Isolation as               Starvation

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This chapter presents an essay on John Dewey's philosophy about the handicapped. It argues against criticisms that view Dewey's thought as a Pollyanna vision, innocent of mishap and evil and too trusting in human ingenuity. This view is unfair and actually reverses Dewey's fundamental position because for him, existence involves chance and risk and is indeed an ontological gamble. Dewey also believes that luck is proverbially good and bad in its distributions, and that the method of philosophy must confront the teachings of sad experience.

Keywords: John Dewey; handicapped; Pollyanna vision; luck; sad experience; philosophy; essay

Chapter.  5275 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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