John Dewey's theory of inquiry: an interpretation of a classical American approach to logic

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Title: John Dewey's theory of inquiry: an interpretation of a classical American approach to logic
Author: Deters, Troy Nicholas
Abstract: During the 20th century , John Dewey introduced a new idea with respect to the nature of logical theory : He presented a portrait of logic as a theory about how organisms interact and maintain an integrated balance between themselves and their environment . He wrote many texts on what he called his theory of inquiry , including Essays in Experimental Logic (1916 ) , Studies in Logical Theory (1903 ) , and How We Think (1910 ) . However , the book where he most closely detailed his theory of inquiry is in his Logic : The Theory of Inquiry (1938 ) . These texts by Dewey have served as the source for much recent discussion and commentary in Dewey scholarship . Most of these interpretations on Dewey ? ?s theory of inquiry , I maintain , misunderstand Dewey in some fundamental way . I argue that these commentators have gone wrong in interpreting Dewey and his works by failing to understand some aspect of his theory of inquiry . I illustrate the flaws in their interpretations and subsequently integrate the conclusions I reach into a single , cohesive perspective on Dewey ? ?s account of inquiry . The final chapter presents a new interpretation of Dewey that emphasizes the role of phenomenal , contextual , and social factors in the foundations of his logical works .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3795
Date: 2006-08-16

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John Dewey's theory of inquiry: an interpretation of a classical American approach to logic. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3795 .

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