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Brandt, his teacher and mentor at the School of Pedagogy, now he was to meet the teachers who had taught—and inspired and measured—the man who had taught him. Cambridge was not all completely new territory for him. There existed 30 Chapter Two at Harvard a network of graduates not only from the School of Pedagogy but also from Central High School. Some of these young men would become lifelong friends of Locke. Indeed, he knew some of them well even while still at Central—especially David A. Pfaff, known as Dap, and C.
In an undated letter he describes how he “hurried over to hear Prof. 11 There was also a class, misleadingly called Economics 3, where Locke’s answers to a mid-year exam in January 1906 showed that he was studying what today we would call political theory. ,” Locke ignores the ethnocentricity of the formulation and weaves together a set of explanations based on theorists as disparate as Spencer and Walter Bagehot. From the latter he borrows the observation that progress is never verifiable because there is no test or criterion of ultimate value.
The exam question also strongly implies that it is the philosophy of individualism that will give the issues their purchase. ” In one of his final exams, he writes out an argument that seeks to overcome the fact/value split by positing a “higher” unity that is a version of an ideal form. Eventually Locke would become dissatisfied with this approach, preferring instead the pluralism of James and yet later that of Dewey to the idealism of Santayana and Royce. 10 Some of the seeds of Jamesian pragmatism can be detected in an answer Locke wrote for his mid-year exam in Royce’s Philosophy 9, just about one year later than the Philosophy 4 exam: Experience .