By John Dewey
During this sequence of lectures, one of many nice works of his adulthood, Dewey provides the metaphysics underlying his influential perspectives on technological know-how, ethics, schooling, and social reform.
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For things which have nothing to Let us inquire how the matter stands when these mental and psychical objects are looked at in their connection with experience in its primary and vital modes. As has been suggested, these objects are not original, isolated and self- They represent the discriminated analysis of the of process experiencing from subject-matter experienced. Although breathing is in fact a function that includes both sufficient. air and the operations of the lungs, we may detach the for study, even though we cannot separate it in So while we always know, love, act for and against things, instead of experiencing ideas, emotions and mental latter fact.
The problem is then to get together again what has been which sundered is as if the king's men started with the fragments of the egg and tried to construct the whole egg out of them. For empirical method the problem is nothing so impossible of solution. Its problem is to note how and why the whole is distinguished into subject and object, nature and mental operations. position to see to what Having done this, it is in effect the distinction is a made: how the distinguished factors function in the further control and enrichment of the subject-matters of crude but total experience.
It does not follow that the products of these philosophies which have taken wrong, because non-empirical, worth for a philosophy that method. The contrary is the pursues a strictly empirical case, for no philosopher can get away from experience even method are if he wants of to. the no value or The most little fantastic views ever entertained had some basis in experienced fact; can be explained by one who knows enough about they them and about the conditions under which they were formed. And philosophers have been not more but less by superstitious people superstitious than their fellows; they have been, as a class, unusually reflective and inquiring.
Experience and Nature (Paul Carus Lectures) by John Dewey