Doing and Making in a Democracy

John Dewey

in Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228416
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235544 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Doing and Making in a               Democracy

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This chapter discusses pragmatist John Dewey's claim that most of the philosophical predecessors had been guilty of a failure to recognize the importance of technology. He argues that they had for the most part misplaced technology with respect to science, metaphysics and social thought. He believes that this was due in part to their prejudice against the impermanent materials used by artisans and craftspeople, and to their tendency to deprecate the social classes whose members have traditionally dealt with doing and making in the practical sphere.

Keywords: John Dewey; technology; science; metaphysics; social thought; pragmatism; artisan; craftspeople

Chapter.  5741 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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