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John Dewey, the former Hegelian, having got rid of the Hegelian religion and fearing to adopt a different one said that the guarantee of not doing that wound be constant growth as the absolute value of life.

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    Interesting thought and I have got a broad idea of what you mean, but could you please flesh out the background? Not everyone is aquainted with Dewey's early works ("constant" growth isn't very common in his works, is it?) and especially not his works on education. – Philip Klöcking Dec 13 '16 at 14:21
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    Ok! I will within a particular period of time having come home. – Sergey Sakhnevich Dec 13 '16 at 14:28
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    I have got the impression that growth is exactly a concept of a common and natural process that is ontologically basic, i.e. that body and mind of an individual grow and evolve in nature and naturally, whereas when it comes to history in a more abstract sense the concept is only used figurative (e.g. Experience and Nature, 1929, p.276 where whe shifts to "history of nature" and "evolution" as "substitute for growth"), i.e. very different from Hegels history spanning Geist. Therefore, editing the question and actually providing an argument that makes the claim reasonable would be fabulous. – Philip Klöcking Dec 13 '16 at 16:25
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    Hegel's Geist dialectizes the world out of itself along a path of "absolute necessity", and hence in a way pre-contains it. Dewey was an anti-necessitarian, perhaps even more so than Peirce or James. Dewey's Growth, contingent and spontaneous, is not a traditional Absolute at all. – Conifold Dec 13 '16 at 20:26
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    I see some pondering and some interesting philosophical lines. I am not sure I see, however, a question that fits with the guidelines of philosophy.SE (qua stackexchange site). What is the question that we as a community could answer for you? – virmaior Nov 2 '18 at 6:36

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