By John Dewey
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The artist, scientist, citizen, parent, as far as they are actuated by the spirit of their callings, are controlled by the unseen. For all endeavor for the better is moved by faith in what is possible, not by adherence to the actual. Nor does this faith depend for its moving power upon intellectual assurance or belief that the things worked 21 A C O M M O N FA I T H for must surely prevail and come into embodied existence. For the authority of the object to determine our attitude and conduct, the right that is given it to claim our allegiance and devotion is based on the intrinsic nature of the ideal.
5, ed. Jo Ann Boydston (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1984), p. 153. , LW 5: 153. 4. See Peirce’s famous essays ‘‘The Fixation of Belief ’’ and ‘‘How to Make Our Ideas Clear,’’ both of which may be found in The Essential Peirce, 2 vols. (Indianapolis: University of Indiana Press, 1992, 1998). 5. These ideas are developed by James in The Will to Believe (1897), Pragmatism (1908), and The Varieties of Religious Experience (1903). Peirce’s own application of pragmatism to the question of religion can be found in his essays ‘‘Evolutionary Love’’ (1893) and ‘‘The Neglected Argument for the Reality of God’’ (1903).
These ideas are developed by James in The Will to Believe (1897), Pragmatism (1908), and The Varieties of Religious Experience (1903). Peirce’s own application of pragmatism to the question of religion can be found in his essays ‘‘Evolutionary Love’’ (1893) and ‘‘The Neglected Argument for the Reality of God’’ (1903). These also may be found in The Essential Peirce. 6. Dewey’s questioning of this assumption may be compared to alternatives explored by Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson, and Martin Heidegger.
A Common Faith by John Dewey