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Anthony Quinton and Anthony Kenny

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199694556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694556.001.0001

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John Dewey’s Theory of Knowledge

John Dewey’s Theory of Knowledge

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(p.91) 10 John Dewey’s Theory of Knowledge
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Of Men and Manners
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Anthony Quinton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694556.003.0010

This chapter discusses Dewey's theory of knowledge. The intellectualist sees knowledge as something absolutely certain, which is contemplatively seen, by a mind that is at most contingently embodied, working on its own. For Dewey's anti-intellectualism what is sought is rational and corrigibly fallible belief, actively achieved, even made or constructed, and with the aid of conceptual instruments of human design, by an intelligent but embodied organism that is a natural part of the world it seeks to know, engaged on this undertaking as a collaborating member of a society of intelligent organisms of the same kind.

Keywords:   theory of knowledge, pragmatism, anti-intellectualism, Cartesianism, fallibilism, instrumentalism, naturalism

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