John Dewey

John Dewey
Birth 1859
Death 1952

American philosopher and secular humanist who proposed a new kind of pragmatic philosophy (only everyday experience and scientific experiment are real), namely instrumentalism. According to instrumentalism, the point of scientific theories isn’t to hit on some abstract truth, but to find instruments for navigating the world and living in closer harmony with nature. Dewey had an unusually broad range of interests covering the problems with democracy and social reforms, logic, issues in education (especially how schools and society work together), feminism and philanthropy. He can be forgiven for not having much time for God.

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