Dewey begins Experience & Nature with the observation that nature gives rise, through evolution, to human experience, but that experience then encompasses all of nature. With this single empirical move, Dewey brushes aside the old subject/object, man/nature & mind/body dulaisms of 2500 years of Western philosophy. Wittgenstein begins his career with the idea that philosophy is in need of a kind of "reeducation" that eliminates certain kinds of problems as illusions born of abstraction; Dewey follows this method boldly, all right, but it makes me a little uneasy.
Reading over my recent entries -- indeed, this would be true going back to my first blog entry nearly seven years ago -- it's clear that my interests are not so much intellectual as sensual. My weblog is a graph of my engagements. Friday, October 5th, 2001: