In Steven Fesmire (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Dewey. pp. 537-550 (2019)

Phillip Deen
University of New Hampshire, Manchester
John Dewey’s Unmodern Philosophy and Modern Philosophy aspires to overcome the antiquated philosophical baggage of so-called “modern” philosophy and replace it with a philosophy that is truly modern, having incorporated the technoscientific revolution. As the philosophical revolution is incomplete, so is Dewey’s own text. In an attempt to flesh out a Deweyan conception of modernity, this chapter turns to another philosopher who has argued that modernity is still an unfinished project: Jürgen Habermas. This chapter compares their accounts of the meaning of modernity, its pathologies, and their proposed cures through a turn from subjective reason to intersubjective action and concludes that their essential difference lies in the emancipatory potential of scientific-technological reason itself.
Keywords John Dewey, Jürgen Habermas, unmodern philosophy, modernity, modernization, modern philosophy
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