Logic and judgments of practice

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  • Introduction: ”The Logic of Judgments of Practice,” first published in 1915 and then re-printed as the concluding essay of Dewey’s 1916 Essays in Experimental Logic,has been recognized as an important statement of Dewey’s developingnaturalistic moral epistemology. It expands upon discussions to be foundin earlier texts, such as “The Evolutionary Method as Applied to Morality”(1902), “The Logical Conditions of a Scientific Treatment of Morality”(1903), and the 1908 Ethics by Dewey and Tufts, and it clears the ground forlater treatments of values and value judgments in Reconstruction in Philoso-phy (1920), Human Nature and Conduct (1922), and The Quest for Certainty(1929). Less widely recognized is its importance in the development ofDewey’s pragmatic theory of logic. Commentators have found the paperinstructive for its explication of Dewey’s position on contemporary debatesabout valuation. But in 1916 Dewey was entering into those debates prima-rily in order to critique neorealist logic.

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    • Welchman, J. (2002). Logic and judgments of practice. In F.T. Burke, D.M. Hester, & R. Talissse (Eds.), Dewey's Logical Theory: New Studies and Interpretations (pp. 27-42). Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press.
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