To Be Human is To Humanize

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

To Be Human is To               Humanize

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This chapter presents an essay about the radical empirical aesthetic view that to be human is to humanize. It contends that modern art creates a revolution in man's view of himself as it broadens the ways in which he relates to the world and the ways by which he is informed, and that the most fruitful philosophical statement of the meaning of modern art is to be found in the thought of William James and John Dewey, interpreted as a radically empirical philosophy of experience. This essay attempts to show the unusual significance of radical empiricism for contemporary art.

Keywords: radical empiricism; modern art; William James; John Dewey; contemporary art; essay

Chapter.  10656 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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