Pragmatism, Constructivism, and the Philosophy of Technology

Larry A. Hickman

in John Dewey Between Pragmatism and Constructivism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230181
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235339 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Pragmatism, Constructivism, and               the Philosophy of Technology

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This chapter discusses some main traits of classical Pragmatism and their potential as critical tools for contemporary discussions about Pragmatism and constructivism. It first examines some of the claims advanced in Stefan Neubert's essay “Pragmatism and Constructivism in Contemporary Philosophical Discourse”. It then explores the vitality of Pragmatist thought and the usefulness of its basic tenets as resources for philosophic criticism. The chapter looks into the problems of “cognitive relativism” in postmodern and neo-Pragmatist discourses. From this standpoint the chapter raises critical questions for the Cologne program of interactive constructivism. It argues for a strong rearticulation of Dewey's instrumentalism and experimentalism and emphasizes its relevancy for the current situation.

Keywords: Neubert; Pragmatist thought; cognitive relativism; Cologne program; classical Pragmatism; constructivism; instrumentalism; experimentalism

Chapter.  6913 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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