Philosophy Student Publishes Article in International Journal

Apr. 24, 2013

Philosophy Student Publishes Article in International Journal

ST. LOUIS, April 24, 2013 – When philosophy major Mark McGinn graduates in December, he'll have an impressive addition to his resume – published writer.  McGinn recently had a paper printed in “Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal.”  The article “Instrumentalism and Poetic Thinking: A Critique of Dewey's Logic of Thought” appears in the April 2013 issue of the journal.

 “Instrumentalism is the view that thinking, in order to be legitimated, must bring about some physical change in the world, that it must reorder the existing conditions of life,” said McGinn. “While I acknowledge that this notion accurately describes a good deal of the kind of thinking that goes on in the world (for example, in politics and social reform), I argue that it does not account for the more aesthetic kinds of thinking that take place in poetry and literature for example, which do not effect a physical alteration in the world but rather an alteration in the perception and understanding of its readers.”

McGinn began working on the article in October of 2012 under the guidance of Donald Morse, Ph.D, associate professor of Philosophy.

In a letter to Webster University's philosophy department, Kiley Neal, editor-in-chief of Stance said, "We are grateful for Mr. McGinn's excellent submission. His work reflects well on your department. We hope you will continue to encourage Webster students to submit their work to Stance in the future.”

“The Philosophy Department is proud that Mark's article was published in Stance,” said Britt-Marie Schiller, Ph.Dprofessor and Philosophy Department chair. “Our students work hard and many do excellent work.  It is very rewarding to see this work recognized by others in our field.”

McGinn has also presented the paper at both the 18th Annual SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in Oneonta, NY,  and the 17th Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

To read the paper, visit the Stance website.