Nihilism of John Dewey

Nihilism of John Dewey

Nihilism of John Dewey

Nihilism of John Dewey

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Dewey's philosophy in all its major aspects constitutes an attempt to destroy all philosophy. In that sense, Dewey undertook a monumental task. The success of his undertaking, however, was to leave the many Americans who came under his influence without any generalized outlook on life. It left the American intellectual at large, as well as the American artist, with a fragmentary view of things, it left, in particular, the American teacher enmeshed in unrelated details.

Dewey has deprived those Americans who have come under his influence of a general framework within which they could place their everyday activities. Dewey has made America lose its perspective and has thus greatly weakened the intellectual potential of American leadership at home and abroad.

With these factors in mind, the author of this volume undertakes to demonstrate the cognitive untenability of Dewey's position. In commenting upon Dewey's reasoning, this author uncovers the utter meaninglessness of Dewey's philosophy of science, the utter emptiness of his philosophy of art and the utter sterility of his philosophy of education.

In advancing his criticism of the basic parts of Dewey's fundamental writings, this author is guided by the objective of stating what should not be done, as far as the devising of a philosophy for a great and an intellectually resourceful America is concerned. It is not within the purview of this critical inquiry to develop a specific way of American philosophical thinking. The author limits himself to the task of clearing away the conceptual shambles which have been left by Dewey's destructive philosophy. This author is but trying to set the sights for a constructive cognitive ground on which a philosophical rebirth of an intellectually mature and self-confident America could be based.

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