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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 5, Chapter 13 Pragmatisms, Section 5 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 5, Chapter 13 Pragmatisms, Section 5 Summary

James was scheduled to lecture at the University of Edinburgh in 1900; however, shortly before the appointed time, James became very ill and depressed. He was unable to give the lecture until 1902. However, during this illness, James read Dewey's textbook and found it to be based on Hegel too much.

In 1903, James published "The Varieties of Religious Experiences." It was then that several people told James about Dewey and the Laboratory School. They told James the school was based on pragmatism. James had to find out for himself, so he wrote to Dewey and asked him to help with a speech at an educational convention where James was going to speak.

James went to Chicago in 1904 and spoke with Dewey more about his new way of thinking regarding education and human decision-making. This was the year Dewey left...

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