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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dusch, Michael Allen
URN etd-04092009-111949
Title Heidegger and Dewey: Science in a Post-Metaphysical World
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Philosophy & Religious Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Francois Raffoul Committee Chair
Gregory Schufreider Committee Member
Nathan Crick Committee Member
  • Martin Heidegger
  • John Dewey
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics
  • Deconstruction
Date of Defense 2009-03-31
Availability unrestricted
The aim of this paper is to compare and contrast the philosophies of Martin Heidegger and John Dewey regarding metaphysics and science. Concerning metaphysics, there are two main areas of attention, the historical emergence of metaphysics in the philosophical tradition, and the abandonment of the metaphysical notions of substance and subjectivity. After examining these two areas of both thinkersí philosophies, we then turn to their philosophy of science, demonstrating how the scientific thought of both thinkers is inseparable from their metaphysical critiques. For Heidegger, modern science is merely a continuation of the metaphysics of the past, while for Dewey; science is the tool by which modern man can throw off the false metaphysical assumptions of the past.

After demonstrating the metaphysical and scientific thought of both thinkers, both are compared to one another, in an attempt to illuminate their similarities and differences, finally concluding that if reconciliation is possible between Heidegger and Dewey, it is in their environmental thought.

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