William James Studies 12 (1):19-35 (2016)
AbstractThis paper examines the status of naturalism in the philosophies of Edmund Husserl and John Dewey. Despite the many points of overlap and agreement between Husserl’s and Dewey’s philosophical projects, there remains one glaring difference, namely, the place and status of naturalism in their approaches. For Husserl, naturalism is an enemy to be vanquished. For Dewey, naturalism is the only method that can put philosophy back in touch with the concerns of human beings. This paper will demonstrate the remarkable similarities between Husserl’s and Dewey’s thought before contending that Dewey’s “naturalistic humanism” offers a conception of naturalism which is compatible with Husserlian phenomenology. Furthermore, reading these two philosophers together, this paper argues, can point the way forward to a naturalism which avoids the dismissal of the contributions made by knowing subjects carried out by dominant contemporary strains of reductive naturalism.
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The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology an Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy.Edmund Husserl - 1970 - Northwestern University Press.
The Quest for Certainty: A Study of the Relation of Knowledge and Action.John Dewey - 1929 - New York: Putnam.