The Logic of Pragmatism: An Examination of John Dewey's Logic

The Logic of Pragmatism: An Examination of John Dewey's Logic

The Logic of Pragmatism: An Examination of John Dewey's Logic

The Logic of Pragmatism: An Examination of John Dewey's Logic

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Here is a critical essay on John Dewey's philosophy. To many, dubious about the leading ideas of this philosopher, it will in two respects not seem critical enough. It is not intended as a dismissal or belittling of the positive contributions of a major philosophy, nor does it deal with anything but certain difficulties in the logic of Dewey's logical theory. It will thus doubtless seem inadequate to devotees who find many of Dewey's ideas ignored in these pages, and who may think that undue importance has been given to the particular themes discussed and criticized.

If the subject of this examination may be described as consisting of matters of logic it must be remembered that "logic" in Dewey's terminology covers more than the construction and analysis of deductive and formalized systems. The scope of logic, according to Dewey, may be described in a general sense as the articulation and explicit formulation of the controlling instrumentalities and operations that function when problems are being inquired into and warranted solutions are arrived at. The theory of inquiry is a descriptive explanation of what happens when problems are investigated and solved logically or methodically and deliberately, with respect to the means taken to reach solutions. The pattern of inquiry, as a mediating process bringing about a settled or solved situation in an initially unsettled one, exhibits certain characteristic phases as cer-

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