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John Dewey's Theoretical Framework from 1903–1916: Prefigurations of a Naturalistic Metaphysics

John Dewey's Theoretical Framework from 1903–1916: Prefigurations of a Naturalistic Metaphysics John Dewey’s Theoretical Framework from 1903–1916: Prefigurations of a Naturalistic Metaphysics paul benjamin cherlin Southern Illinois University Carbondale 1. Introduction The 1925 publication of Experience and Nature marks a new period in John Dewey’s thought: he had become interested in developing a naturalistic metaphysics. Despite his new metaphysical orientation, Dewey’s mature philosophy is compatible with and builds upon works that fall within his Middle Period, from 1903–1924.1 While this is usually accepted as true, my more substantial claim is that we cannot get a clear picture of Dewey’s metaphysics apart from what came before. More than simply showing that Dewey’s characterization of specific topics, such as “logic,” or specific terms, such as “belief,” are compatible with his later discussions, this article will demonstrate that the broader dynamics, themes, and methodological strategies continually utilized by Dewey in his Middle Period suggest a new interpretation of Dewey’s metaphysics. I concentrate on the works that fall between 1903 and 1916, culminating my discussion with Dewey’s masterful introduction to Essays in Experimental Logic. I conclude this paper by summing up the points made throughout, and by briefly discussing the practical upshot of Dewey’s metaphysics. I do so in order to put things http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

John Dewey's Theoretical Framework from 1903–1916: Prefigurations of a Naturalistic Metaphysics

The Pluralist , Volume 12 – Jul 20, 2017

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John Dewey’s Theoretical Framework from 1903–1916: Prefigurations of a Naturalistic Metaphysics paul benjamin cherlin Southern Illinois University Carbondale 1. Introduction The 1925 publication of Experience and Nature marks a new period in John Dewey’s thought: he had become interested in developing a naturalistic metaphysics. Despite his new metaphysical orientation, Dewey’s mature philosophy is compatible with and builds upon works that fall within his Middle Period, from 1903–1924.1 While this is usually accepted as true, my more substantial claim is that we cannot get a clear picture of Dewey’s metaphysics apart from what came before. More than simply showing that Dewey’s characterization of specific topics, such as “logic,” or specific terms, such as “belief,” are compatible with his later discussions, this article will demonstrate that the broader dynamics, themes, and methodological strategies continually utilized by Dewey in his Middle Period suggest a new interpretation of Dewey’s metaphysics. I concentrate on the works that fall between 1903 and 1916, culminating my discussion with Dewey’s masterful introduction to Essays in Experimental Logic. I conclude this paper by summing up the points made throughout, and by briefly discussing the practical upshot of Dewey’s metaphysics. I do so in order to put things

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