Beyond the Epistemology Industry

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:

Series: American Philosophy

Beyond the Epistemology               Industry

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This chapter discusses pragmatist John Dewey's theory of inquiry. It explains that Dewey did not develop a theory of knowledge in the usual sense of epistemology, but he did have a well-developed theory of inquiry. He was highly influenced by the work of Charles Darwin and he identifies inquiry as the primary means by which reflective organisms seek to achieve stability through adaptation. He also believes that it is by means of inquiry that humans are able to exert control over their own habit formation.

Keywords: John Dewey; theory of inquiry; epistemology; Charles Darwin; theory of knowledge; adaptation; habit formation

Chapter.  8655 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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