An (American) Philosophy (In the Car) With (John Dewey & Mel Scult)

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One last little bit from Mel Scult’s The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan. This one is about pragmatist philosopher John Dewey. “Experience” is “like driving a car. When we drive, there is a constant interaction with our envirponment in which we test what will be the most useful in helping us to attain our goal. This attitude is sometime called ‘meliorism‘” (Scult, p.84). I don’t know. Useful or wasteful, the constant perspectival shifting takes place in the constant motion, the accelerating and decelerating in mile-long arcs and hour-long increments.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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2 Responses to An (American) Philosophy (In the Car) With (John Dewey & Mel Scult)

  1. dmf says:

    and sometimes called “Technology” (tho I prefer R.Rorty’s darwniain reminder that we are always-already manipulating handy-critters that we be), do you know of the work of my old SUNYStnyBrk prof: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Ihde on “material hermeneutics” and such?

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