Tanner Lectures on Human Values, 1992 by Grethe B. Peterson

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As Dewey put it, "The worse or evil is a rejected good. In deliberation and before choice no evil presents itself as evil. Until it is rejected, it is a competing good. "11 On a Deweyan view, the replacement of one 10Michael Gross and Mary Beth Averill, in their "Evolution and Patriarchal Myths" (in Discovering Reality,ed. Sandra Harding and Merrill B. " (p. 85). The question gives me pause, and I have no clear answer to it. All I have is the hunch that, with memes as with genes, tolerant pluralism will sooner or later, in the absence of interstellar travel, have to come to terms with shortage of space for self-expression.

Page 21 When, however, we remember that John Deweya paradigmatic liberal as well as a paradigmatic pragmatistspent a great deal of time celebrating the sort of courage and imagination Frye describes, we may be willing to grant that the relation between pragmatism and emancipation is more complex. Dewey said remarkably little about the situation of women, but one of the few things he did say is worth quoting: Women have as yet made little contribution to philosophy, but when women who are not mere students of other persons' philosophy set out to write it, we cannot conceive that it will be the same in viewpoint or tenor as that composed from the standpoint of the different masculine experience of things.

27Frye, Politics of Reality,p. 80. 28McKinnon, Feminism Unmodified,p. 221; cf. p. 137. Page 21 When, however, we remember that John Deweya paradigmatic liberal as well as a paradigmatic pragmatistspent a great deal of time celebrating the sort of courage and imagination Frye describes, we may be willing to grant that the relation between pragmatism and emancipation is more complex. Dewey said remarkably little about the situation of women, but one of the few things he did say is worth quoting: Women have as yet made little contribution to philosophy, but when women who are not mere students of other persons' philosophy set out to write it, we cannot conceive that it will be the same in viewpoint or tenor as that composed from the standpoint of the different masculine experience of things.

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