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"Power in the Service of Love": John Dewey's Logic and the Dream of a Common Language

Carroll Guen Hart
Hypatia
Vol. 8, No. 2, Feminism and Pragmatism (Spring, 1993), pp. 190-214
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810345
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Abstract

While contemporary feminist philosophical discussions focus on the oppressiveness of universality which obliterates "difference," the complete demise of universality might hamper feminist philosophy in its political project of furthering the well-being of all women. Dewey's thoroughly functionalized, relativized, and fallibilized understanding of universality may help us cut universality down to size while also appreciating its limited contribution. Deweyan universality may signify the ongoing search for a genuinely common language in the midst of difference.

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