John Dewey quote about savagery from Democracy and Education - In a sense the mind of savage peoples is an effect, rather than a cause, of their backward institutions.
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In a sense the mind of savage peoples is an effect, rather than a cause, of their backward institutions.
 John Dewey, Democracy and Education (1916). copy citation

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Author John Dewey
Source Democracy and Education
Topic savagery institution
Date 1916
Language English
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“But careful study has made it doubtful whether their native capacities are appreciably inferior to those of civilized man. It has made it certain that native differences are not sufficient to account for the difference in culture. In a sense the mind of savage peoples is an effect, rather than a cause, of their backward institutions. Their social activities are such as to restrict their objects of attention and interest, and hence to limit the stimuli to mental development. Even as regards the objects that come within the scope of attention, primitive social customs tend to arrest observation and imagination upon qualities which do not fructify in the mind.” source

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