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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 5, Chapter 14 Pluralisms, Section 4 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 5, Chapter 14 Pluralisms, Section 4 Summary

Kallen was known as a pragmatist by 1915. He was asked by James to prepare two manuscripts for publication. These books became some of the most read and influential books about pragmatism.

Where James agreed with Kallen, Dewey agreed with Locke. Dewey believed in the integration of race to create unforeseeable possibilities for all races. He had to change Kallen's theory to fit his views of cultural pluralism and did not acknowledge this new theory of his until 1916.

Randolph Bourne became a political radical and believed his purpose in life was to find the problems in other people's theories and philosophies. He studied under Dewey, and he was influenced by James and the research finding of Boas.

Bourne was a pragmatist and read Kallen's essays on cultural pluralism. He wrote his own essay titled, "Trans-National America," which he published in 1916. It explained...

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