“Pragmatism and Confucian Empiricism"

In Confucianism and Deweyan Pragmatism. pp. 40-48 (2021)

Barry Allen
McMaster University
Dewey was a pragmatist, and pragmatism is an empiricism. I think Dewey would insist that his empirical orientation in the theory of knowledge is not independent of his democratic orientation in social philosophy. My contribution to the discussions of this volume pursues three questions. One is how Dewey saw the connection between empiricism and democracy. Another is whether there is a comparable empiricism in Chinese tradition. A third is whether ideas of knowledge and ideas of government are really as close as Dewey, American Pragmatism, and indeed Western philosophy as a tradition tend to assume they are.
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