Monday, September 26, 2016

Was Dewey a Darwinian? Yes! Yes! Yes! — David Sloan Wilson interviews Trevor Pearce


On "social Darwinism."

Evolution Institute
Was Dewey a Darwinian? Yes! Yes! Yes! An Interview with Trevor Pearce
David SloanWilson, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University and Arne Næss Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo interviews Trevor Pearce, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

5 comments:

Matt Franko said...

I can't tell if they are trying to say this is good or bad...

Ryan Harris said...
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Ryan Harris said...

More of an exposition of who, where and how the ideas have been used and applied than a critique of the merits good and bad

Tom Hickey said...

DSL distinguishes between factual realism (scientific realism) and practical realism (pragmatism). The former is positive in the sense of value free. The latter is based on consideration of effects in the sense of making a difference in the relationship of the observer and environment (I-O relationship). Pragmatism uses normative criteria to evaluate difference, e.g., effects of analysis o policy and effect of policy on social behaviors and results.

The contemporary critique of macro is that that is not even based on factual realism but construction of imaginary worlds. Therefore, it is of no practical use and when applied results are not as advertised.

Bob said...

I enjoyed that article, thanks!