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John Dewey's Logic of Pragmatism
Looks at John Dewey's logic of pragmatism as applied to the field of practical theology.
# 151845 | 2,150 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US


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This paper explains that psychologist, author, philosopher and educator John Dewey, who focused much of his writing on education and social reform, is acknowledged as one of the major theorists in the philosophy of pragmatism and the populist philosophy of pedagogy. Next, the author describes and evaluates Dewey's writings on theory and logic, which were developed with the absolute intention of having a proactive and practical impact on human society. The paper concludes that Dewey's faith in the goodness of humanity and the direct relationship between the "right" thing and outward action can be easily translated into practical theology. Several quotations and footnotes are included in the paper.

Table of Contents:
Overview
Source and Norm of Practical Reason for Dewey
Intended Purposes or Telos of Practical Reason for Dewey
Complexities of the Theory-Practice Relationship
Theories of Human Action and Social Contexts
Strengths and Weaknesses of Dewey's Logic of Pragmatism Approach to Philosophy of Practical Reason Leadership Guidelines for Leaders and Practitioners
How can this Approach be Helpful for the Field of Practical Theology

From the Paper:

"Above all, Dewey's faith in the goodness of humanity and the direct relationship between the "right" thing and outward action can be very easily translated into practical theology. Dewey takes a humanist approach to life, society and culture, asserting that democracy has always been an ally of humanism to help develop human nature to its fullest. Practical theology must take into consideration that humans are on a journey towards self-actualization. This actualization is an amalgamation of intellectual, emotional, and moral philosophies that merge together to form a more complete and whole person. While Dewey may have been critical of some of the structure of religion, the tools of enlightenment combine to form an ethical and humane society. "As a society becomes more enlightened, it realizes that it is responsible not to transmit and conserve the whole of its existing achievements, but only such as make for a better and future society." What better role of practical theology than to help transmit moral and ethical values which contribute to the greater good of society?
"For Dewey, the central tendency of individuals was to act appropriately to perpetuate the "good and just" society. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dewey, J. (2008). Logic: The Theory of Inquiry. Searchinger Press.
  • Dewey, J. (1993). Early Works. In D. Anderson, The Journal of the American Academy Of Religion. 61 (2): 383+.
  • Dewey, J. (2009). Democracy and Education. CreateSpace Publishing.
  • Tozer, S., et.al. (2008). School and Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. McGraw Hill.

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John Dewey's Logic of Pragmatism (2012, October 14) Retrieved May 26, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/john-dewey-logic-of-pragmatism-151845/

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"John Dewey's Logic of Pragmatism" 14 October 2012. Web. 26 May. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/john-dewey-logic-of-pragmatism-151845/>

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