Re: Foucault and Dewey

Rorty compares Foucault and Dewey a couple of times. He offers a detailed
comparison in a chapter of Consequences of Pragmatism (1982, I think). He
also revisits his argument in Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989).
It's an interesting line of analysis--flawed but potentially inspirational to
a Foucault scholar who might want to explore some of Dewey's thoughts on
experience and freedom. Thomas Alexander's magnificent John Dewey's Theory
of Art, Experience, and Nature (SUNY Press, 1987) is a wonderful antidote to
Rorty's reduction of Foucault. I developed my own critique of Rorty (on
Dewey and Foucault)--largely inspired by Alexander's book--in a chapter of
Langsdorf & Smith's Recovering Pragmatism's Voice (SUNY Press, 1995).

Frank Macke

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