"This stimulating book is timely in that its significance for philosophy of education far transcends the scholarly disputes between Dewey and Russell that inspired it. At the heart of these disputes lie matters that are central to current debates in education conceived broadly." --Paul Hager, Studies in Philosophy and Education
"This book should be of substantial interest not only to Dewey scholars and other historians of twentieth-century philosophy, but also to devotees of situation theory, ecological psychology, formal semantics, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and Artificial Intelligence." --Georges Dicker, Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society
"This book is an invaluable addition to academic collections serving both teaching and research faculty in cognitive science, philosophy of language, semantics, information theory, and computer science, as well as traditional philosophical specialties such as American pragmatism and European analytic philosophy." --B. C. Forrest, Choice
"Burke has written an exciting, provocative, and genuinely important
new book which should be read by anyone interested in Dewey's theory of inquiry or even the history of American philosophy. With this book, he has made a major contribution to the advancement of American philosophy and has filled a void in the Dewey literature which had been for too long left open." --Robert B. Talisse, Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
From the Back Cover
Celebrated for his work in the philosophy of education and acknowledged as a leading proponent of American pragmatism, John Dewey might have had more of a reputation for his philosophy of logic had Bertrand Russell not so fervidly attacked him on the subject. This book analyzes the debate between Russell and Dewey that followed the 1938 publication of Dewey's Logic: The Theory of Inquiry, and argues that, despite Russell's early resistance, Dewey's logic is surprisingly relevant to recent developments in philosophy and cognitive science. Since Dewey's logic focuses on natural language in everyday experience, it poses a challenge to Russell's formal syntactic conception of logic. Tom Burke demonstrates that Russell misunderstood crucial aspects of Dewey's theory - his ideas on propositions, judgments, inquiry, situations, and warranted assertibility - and contends that logic today has progressed beyond Russell and is approaching Dewey's broader perspective. Burke relates Dewey's logic to issues in epistemology, philosophy of language and psychology, computer science, and formal semantics.