John Dewey: The Quest for Certainty (2834 words)

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The quest for knowledge without presuppositions, the quest for certainty, the quest for dogmatism and orthodoxy and rigidity is over. – Cornel West

John Dewey’s The Quest for Certainty: A Study of the Relation of Knowledge and Action (1929) is one of his most important and influential works. Its themes of reciprocal relationship, rejecting binary oppositions, and the primacy of experience, combined with its powerful criticism of traditional philosophy, continue to make it both read and relevant. The book is divided into eleven chapters: 1) “Escape from Peril”; 2) “Philosophy’s Search for the Immutable”; 3) “Conflict of Authorities”;…

Citation: Svehla, Lance. "The Quest for Certainty". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 February 2018 [, accessed 11 December 2019.]

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