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By John Dewey

1925. Mr. Dewey believes that the strategy of empirical naturalism awarded during this quantity presents the way in which, and the single approach during which you could freely settle for the perspective and conclusions of contemporary technological know-how. Contents: event and philosophic process; lifestyles as precarious and as strong; nature, ends and histories; nature, skill and data; nature, conversation and as that means; nature, brain, and the topic; nature, lifestyles and body-mind; life, rules and cognizance; event, nature and paintings; life price and feedback.

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This empirical method I shall call the denotative method. is a mode of reflection, often of a subtle That philosophy The charge goes without saying. that is brought against the non-empirical method of philosophizing is not that it depends upon theorizing, but that and penetrating sort, to use refined, secondary products as a path pointing and leading back to something in primary experience. it fails The resulting failure is three-fold. First, there is What no verification, no even to test and effort even worse, secondly, is that the things of ordinary experience do not get enlargement and enrichment of meaning as they do when approached through check.

Thus protects us from conversion of eventual functions into it antecedent existence: a conversion that the philosophic fallacy, whether may be said to be be performed in behalf of mathematical subsistences, esthetic essences, the purely physical order of nature, or God. The present writer does it not profess any greater candor of intent than animates fellow philosophers. But the pursuance of an empirical he submits, the only way to secure execution of method, is, candid intent. Whatever enters into choice, determining an empirical method what it is for; and the fact of choice, workings and consequences, an empirical method need and giving its it guidance, frankly indicates with its points out with equal openness.

Possessed by the wisest historic scholar to track all of these absorbed borrowings to their original sources. If we may moment call these materials prejudices (even if are true, as long as their source and authority is unthey then known), philosophy is a critique of prejudices. These for the incorporated results of past reflection, welded into the genuine materials of first-hand experience, may become or- gans of enrichment if they are detected and reflected upon. and distort. and emancipation follow when they are detected and cast out; and one great object of philosophy is If they are not detected, they often obfuscate Clarification to accomplish this task.

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