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Dewey tried to reconstruct the association between the individual and society within a democratic framework and he outlined a new individualism that took into account the advent of the corporate society. However, there was no way Dewey could have anticipated in the historical context in which Individualism was to be written, namely the Great Depression of the s. To fully understand what is at stake in Individualism , it is necessary to specify the kind of questions Dewey was addressing and to indicate how the course of history determined the angle that Dewey was to take to achieve his reconstruction of individualism.
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Individualism and Educational Theory pp Cite as. The first two chapters sketched some of the main tenets and variants of the individualistic tradition of social thought, through a series of very brief outline accounts of the positions taken by a considerable number of proponents. This procedure suited my task of pointing out some of the logical relations among various members of the family of views collectively labelled individualism, but it did not allow the discussion of any one of the family in any degree of depth. A substantial part of the third chapter was taken up with a slightly more leisurely and extended discussion of an example of anti-individualistic thinking. In this chapter I want to continue the analysis of the tradition by giving similar slightly more leisurely and extended treatment to three contrasting approaches to individualism.
Dewey tried to reconstruct the association between the individual and society within a democratic framework and he outlined a new individualism that took into account the advent of the corporate society. However, there was no way Dewey could have anticipated in the historical context in which Individualism was to be written, namely the Great Depression of the s.
To fully understand what is at stake in Individualism , it is necessary to specify the kind of questions Dewey was addressing and to indicate how the course of history determined the angle that Dewey was to take to achieve his reconstruction of individualism.
The first two essays were written independently and were meant to be published in the New Republic to which Dewey had been a regular contributor since At that time, Dewey already showed a very strong record as a liberal deeply committed to democratic values. During the presidential campaign, he had supported the socialist candidate, Norman Thomas. The six essays were published from January to April and were intended as a series. But the outcome would surely involve the introduction of social responsibility into our business system to such an extent that the doom of an exclusively pecuniary-profit industry would follow.
A coordinating and directive council in which captains of industry and finance would meet with representatives of labor and public officials to plan the regulation of industrial activity would signify that we had entered constructively and voluntarily upon the road which Soviet Russia is travelling with so much attendant destruction and coercion LW 3, His rhetoric, as radical as it is, reflects his faith in dialog; his vision of planning is inspired by the Progressive public philosophy more than by the Soviet experiment.
He responded to the Great Depression as a philosopher. There is no actual interaction of one upon another […]. To understand the individualistic tradition, one wants to start with Locke and from there follow a movement that was continued by Bentham, Mill and the Romantics, as Dewey recounted in Liberalism and Social Action LW 11, The individual that emerged from feudalism was endowed by the Enlightenment with transcendental faculties and rights inherent in Man as Man. In the late seventeenth century and in the eighteenth century, such universalism proved a highly effective defence against abusive authority, both religious and political.
But this time was over. It had become ornamental and as an ornament, it covered up the reality of lived experience. To the Europeans who mocked the brutal and unsophisticated individualism current in America, Dewey pointed that the emancipation Europeans set such great store by failed to translate as a reality for the peasant and the worker LW 5, Americans fared no better in the sense that they paid only lip service to their ideals LW 5, The European tradition ran into the pioneer spirit and the encounter of the two currents enhanced the rise of the culture that Lewis Mumford mourns.
Emerson, Thoreau, Melville and Whitman were harsh critics of philistinism and materialism but their onslaughts were based on the same individualistic premises as those shared by materialism. In many ways, their specific brand of individualism was nothing but the genteel and polished side of the pioneer mentality.
The self-made man was little more that a new offspring of the old frontier spirit. But by the time it got onto the historical stage, individualism had become intellectually respectable and historically proven. Anti-trust laws, which turned out to be totally ineffective LW 5, 59 , tried to counter mergers which were the economic side of the corporate movement Dewey discussed.
But the whole American culture seemed to be taken by this trend which forced individuals — be they human beings or firms - to cluster together. The artisan, the farmer and the artist were relics of the old pioneer, self-reliant mentality and yet they were also affected by this trend.
If they wanted to survive, they needed to join in the aggregation movement: artisans were compelled to join larger production plants, the individual farmer was forced into extended landed properties controlled by the food industry. The inorganic artist was lost : he fled to Paris or elsewhere and cultivated a sense of aloofness.
Hemingway and his acolytes of the Lost Generation, whom Dewey never mentioned by name, were the inorganic intellectuals. They took up a spectatorial attitude and substituted the aesthetic for the political. Corporate and its cognates — corporation, corporateness - did not carry such negative connotations. The social cells of Individualism now conformed to the need for cooperation that the monads of the Leibniz essay had lacked.
Science and technique, which sustained corporateness, were neutral instruments, means to an end, the ultimate end being emancipation. The whole social setup and the individualistic ideology conspired to alienate science and technique from their original purpose.
In the twentieth century, science played the role that liberal philosophy played in the eighteenth and nineteenth century: science and technique were a promise of emancipation for the individual. They were the forces through which the individual would become truly organic and be in a position to actively share in the common culture. Such dualisms translated into social dualisms - workers and intellectuals, blue collars and white collars, artists and intellectuals — which prevented individuals from being fully integrated individuals.
The inorganic intellectuals were led to believe that industrialization necessarily lay outside the province of the human, that it unavoidably pertained to a form of barbarism and that ultimately, it spelt alienation.
The new individualism Dewey endorsed required to leave old dichotomies behind and to unify the different spheres of experience. Refusal to do so had deep social consequences:. To stop with mere emotional rejection and moral condemnation of industry and trade as materialistic is to leave them in this inhuman region where they operate as the instruments of those who employ them for private ends. Exclusion of this sort is an accomplice of the forces that keep things in the saddle.
There is a subterranean partnership between those who employ the existing economic order for selfish pecuniary gain and those who turn their backs upon it in the interest of personal complacency, private dignity, and irresponsibility LW 5, Society was then a series of fluctuating social relations that our language games tried to capture.
While it would be more appropriate to speak of societies, religions or laws, always in the plural, to describe human interactions, there was no such thing as a totalizing language game that could encompass the flux of associations between individuals. Social particles aggregate, then separate, reassemble, obeying laws of relative attraction that are still to be discovered. Indeed, part of the dissolution of the moral and human dimension of the social link had to do with the absence of an adequate vocabulary to give it substance beyond the economic sphere.
His deconstruction of the individual in the Cartesian sense was based on empiricist assumptions to which Dewey gave a decidedly social twist:. Individuality is at first spontaneous and unshaped; it is a potentiality, a capacity of development […] it is a unique manner of acting in and with a world of objects and persons.
It is not something complete in itself […]. Since individuality is a distinctive way of feeling the impact of the world and of showing a preferential bias in response to these impacts, it develops into shape and form only through interaction with actual conditions LW 5, Such inorganic individuals had only themselves to blame: chances were, one would always find at the background of their refusal to join in the great organic banquet at least a certain amount of unfortunate loyalty to a form of individualism that pertained to a world that was no more.
The model of democracy that emerged from the liberal tradition of Locke and Mill aimed at protecting the individual against abusive political and religious power. This new form of universalism would leave no individual behind. Society was no longer considered as a solid block that one can bypass, but as a network of associations that one cannot dodge. He aimed at making the American organic setup a new universal model:.
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Democracy in America — Volume II. Translated by Henry Reeve. New York: Alfred Knopf, Translated by J. Paris: Retz, Westbrook, Robert B. John Dewey and American Democracy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, We know that Durkheim was discussed in sociological academic circles by but his De la Division du travail social which develops the mechanical versus organic solidarity thesis was not published until The organic versus mechanical discussion is illustrated in Durkheim , Dewey is in no way a systematic philosopher and he was uncomfortable with definitions, but the reasons for this failure might have to do with the fact that further defining the new individual required by modern, i.
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Hegel: The Philosophy of History G. See the back of this volume for a complete list of titles in Prometheus's Great Books in Philosophy and Great Minds series. Twenty years later, he graduated from the University of Vermont, after which he taught public school in Pennsylvania and Vermont. Having become interested in philosophical questions while still an undergraduate, Dewey continued his philosophical training at Johns Hopkins University. In he was awarded a doctorate in philosophy from that institution and soon thereafter he accepted a position in philosophy at the University of Michigan.
Individualism Old and New is a politically and socially progressive book by John Dewey , an American philosopher, written in Written at the beginning of the Great Depression , the book argues that the emergence of a new kind of American individualism necessitates political and cultural reform to achieve the true liberation of the individual in a world where the individual has become submerged. Most of the chapters originally appeared as a series of essays in The New Republic, in Dewey argues that America has become a socially corporate materialistic society which has been consumed by a culture of private pecuniary gain. Yet he also sees a simultaneous contradiction, for Americans do not outwardly value private gain in and of itself. Thus the individual is lost in a world of multiple and nearly meaningless associations; and until the individual and his groups are harmonized as one, the individual will remain submerged.
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Если он знал, что мы его ликвидируем, то естественно было бы ожидать, что он накажет нас, допустив исчезновение кольца. В разговор вмешался новый участник. - Д-директор. Все повернулись к экрану.
Так, может быть, она зря поднимает панику. - Мидж. - Джабба засопел и сделал изрядный глоток. - Если бы в игрушке Стратмора завелся вирус, он бы сразу мне позвонил. Стратмор человек умный, но о вирусах понятия не имеет.
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Она посмотрела на часы, потом на Стратмора. - Все еще не взломан. Через пятнадцать с лишним часов. Стратмор подался вперед и повернул к Сьюзан монитор компьютера. На черном поле светилось небольшое желтое окно, на котором виднелись две строчки: ВРЕМЯ ПОИСКА: 15:09:33 ИСКОМЫЙ ШИФР: Сьюзан недоуменно смотрела на экран. Получалось, что ТРАНСТЕКСТ трудится над шифром больше пятнадцати часов.
Разные лаборатории приводят разные цифры. ГЛАВА 127 Собравшиеся на подиуме тотчас замолчали, словно наблюдая за солнечным затмением или извержением вулкана - событиями, над которыми у них не было ни малейшей власти. Время, казалось, замедлило свой бег.
Дверь повернулась до положения полного открытия. Через пять секунд она вновь закроется, совершив вокруг своей оси поворот на триста шестьдесят градусов. Сьюзан собралась с мыслями и шагнула в дверной проем. Компьютер зафиксировал ее прибытие. Хотя Сьюзан практически не покидала шифровалку в последние три года, она не переставала восхищаться этим сооружением.
У них нет света. Джабба полагает, что… - Вы ему звонили. - Да, сэр, я… - Джаббе? - Фонтейн гневно поднялся.
Она лишь хотела знать, что человек, которого она любит, в безопасности. Стратмор, в свою очередь, тоже сгорал от нетерпения, но подругой причине. Если Дэвид и дальше задержится, придется послать ему на помощь кого-то из полевых агентов АНБ, а это было связано с риском, которого коммандер всеми силами хотел избежать.
- Где же он, черт возьми. Глядя на оживающий монитор, он подумал, известно ли Стратмору, что в лаборатории систем безопасности нет ни души. Подходя к шифровалке, он успел заметить, что шторы кабинета шефа задернуты. Это означало, что тот находится на рабочем месте. Несмотря на субботу, в этом не было ничего необычного; Стратмор, который просил шифровальщиков отдыхать по субботам, сам работал, кажется, 365 дней в году.
ГЛАВА 70 Дэвид Беккер почувствовал, что у него подкашиваются ноги. Он смотрел на девушку, понимая, что его поиски подошли к концу. Она вымыла голову и переоделась - быть может, считая, что так легче будет продать кольцо, - но в Нью-Йорк не улетела. Беккер с трудом сдерживал волнение.
Она шла следом за ним точно в тумане. Коридор, выложенный кафельными плитками, довольно круто спускался вниз, и Сьюзан держалась за перила, стараясь не отставать.