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ERIC Number: ED346520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Pages: 34
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Dewey's Pragmatism in the Postmodern Age of Communication Studies: Separating the Plausible from the Preposterous in Epistemological Analysis.
Shyles, Leonard
Radical deconstruction holds the postmodern view that texts are open to endless interpretation and therefore do not reveal a preferred or stable set of valid meanings. This paper provides an analysis of some epistemological problems of reference that arise from this aspect of deconstruction, and explores ways in which access to the world's referents can be reestablished. In searching for a means of "recapturing the referent," as some hermeneutic scholars have described this problem, pragmatism is considered as an antidote in an intellectual climate where realism and positivism are for many writers no longer taken seriously. In particular, John Dewey's instrumentalism is assessed as a means of recapturing the referent, thereby providing pragmatic solutions to some postmodern truth and knowledge problems. (Forty-nine notes are included.) (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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