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Beyond Realism and Antirealism? The Strange Case of Dewey’s Instrumentalism

  • Giovanni Rubeis
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Part of the Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook book series (VCIY, volume 19)

Abstract

The following article aims to shed a light on the role of instrumentalism in John Dewey’s epistemology as well as philosophy of science. Its basic conclusion is that Dewey can be considered an unorthodox realist, following the terminology by Godfrey-Smith , and that his instrumentalist position can be interpreted as a problem-solving approach (Laudan ) to science. The connection to Logical Empiricism lies in Hans Reichenbach ’s analysis of Dewyan instrumentalism.

Keywords

Everyday Experience Scientific Object Correspondence Theory Classical Dualism Ontological Realism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of the History, Philosophy and Ethics of MedicineUlm UniversityUlmGermany

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