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Although John Dewey is celebrated for his work in the philosophy of education and acknowledged as a leading proponent of American pragmatism, he might also have enjoyed more of a reputation for his philosophy of logic had Bertrand Russell not attacked him so fervently on the subject. In Dewey's New Logic, Tom Burke analyzes the debate between Russell and Dewey that followed the 1938 publication of Dewey's Logic: The Theory of Inquiry. Here, he argues that Russell failed to understand Dewey's logic as Dewey intended, and despite Russell's resistance, Dewey's logic is surprisingly relevant to recent developments in philosophy and cognitive science.

Burke demonstrates that Russell misunderstood crucial aspects of Dewey's theory and contends that logic today has progressed beyond Russell and is approaching Dewey's broader perspective.

"[This] book should be of substantial interest not only to Dewey scholars and other historians of twentieth-century philosophy, but also to devotees of situation theory, formal semantics, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and Artificial Intelligence."—Georges Dicker, Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society

"No scholar, thus far, has offered such a sophisticated and detailed version of central themes and contentions in Dewey's Logic. This is a pathbreaking study."—John J. McDermott, editor of The Philosophy of John Dewey

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Defends the logic of John Dewey against the fervent attacks of Bertrand Russell after the 1932 publication of Dewey's book. Argues that Dewey's focus on natural language upset Russell's formal syntactic apple cart, and that the British philosopher misunderstood the American's ideas on propositions, judgements, inquiry, situations, and warranted assertibility. Also relates Dewey's logic to epistemology, the philosophy of language and psychology, computer science, and formal semantics.
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Celebrated for his work in the philosophy of education and acknowledged as a leading proponent of American pragmatism, John Dewey might have had more of a reputation for his philosophy of logic had Bertrand Russell not so fervidly attacked him on the subject. This book analyzes the debate between Russell and Dewey that followed the 1938 publication of Dewey's Logic: The Theory of Inquiry, and argues that, despite Russell's early resistance, Dewey's logic is surprisingly relevant to recent developments in philosophy and cognitive science. Since Dewey's logic focuses on natural language in everyday experience, it poses a challenge to Russell's formal syntactic conception of logic. Tom Burke demonstrates that Russell misunderstood crucial aspects of Dewey's theory - his ideas on propositions, judgments, inquiry, situations, and warranted assertibility - and contends that logic today has progressed beyond Russell and is approaching Dewey's broader perspective. Burke relates Dewey's logic to issues in epistemology, philosophy of language and psychology, computer science, and formal semantics.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-280) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

1: Introduction

2: Dewey's Alleged Holism

3: The Existential and the Real

4: Inquiry as Concrete Problem Solving

5: Propositions and Judgments

6: Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226080697
Author:
Burke, Tom
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
Language and logic
Subject:
Logic, Modern
Subject:
Russell, Bertrand
Subject:
Dewey, John
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Logic
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Heritage of Sociology
Series Volume:
84
Publication Date:
19941031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 line drawings
Pages:
295
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Celebrated for his work in the philosophy of education and acknowledged as a leading proponent of American pragmatism, John Dewey might have had more of a reputation for his philosophy of logic had Bertrand Russell not so fervidly attacked him on the subject. This book analyzes the debate between Russell and Dewey that followed the 1938 publication of Dewey's Logic: The Theory of Inquiry, and argues that, despite Russell's early resistance, Dewey's logic is surprisingly relevant to recent developments in philosophy and cognitive science. Since Dewey's logic focuses on natural language in everyday experience, it poses a challenge to Russell's formal syntactic conception of logic. Tom Burke demonstrates that Russell misunderstood crucial aspects of Dewey's theory - his ideas on propositions, judgments, inquiry, situations, and warranted assertibility - and contends that logic today has progressed beyond Russell and is approaching Dewey's broader perspective. Burke relates Dewey's logic to issues in epistemology, philosophy of language and psychology, computer science, and formal semantics.
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