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What was Dewey's Magic Number?

Larry A. Hickman

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228416.003.0011

Series: American Philosophy

What was Dewey's Magic Number?

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This chapter examines the magic number for pragmatist John Dewey based on the work of Abraham Kaplan. Kaplan analyzed several of Dewey's books including The School and Society, The Child and the Curriculum to Experience and Nature, and Knowing and the Known, and suggested that Dewey's magic number could be two or Dewey had two magic numbers. He explains that this is because Dewey looked for twos to turn them into ones, or resolve dualisms.

Keywords: John Dewey; magic number; dualism; pragmatism; Abraham Kaplan

Chapter.  3242 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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