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Overview

John Dewey (1859–1952) was a major figure of the American cultural and intellectual landscape in the first half of the twentieth century. While not the originator of American pragmatism, he was instrumental to its articulation as a philosophy and the spread of its influence beyond philosophy to other disciplines. His prolific writings encompass metaphysics, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, psychology, moral philosophy, the philosophies of religion, art, and education, and democratic political and international theory. The contributors to this Companion examine the wide range of Dewey's thought and provide a critical evaluation of his philosophy and its lasting influence, both elsewhere in philosophy and on other disciplines.

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From the Publisher
"....This very satisfying volume of 14 chapters explores Dewey's theory of inquiry, instrumental logic, mind and action theory, religion, aesthetics, and education.... Essential...."
— R. Ward, Georgetown College, CHOICE

"....The Cambridge Companion to Dewey serves as a useful reminder of all that was lost when Dewey was ignored by psychology...."
— Henderikus J. Stam and Dane Burns, PsycCRITIQUES

"...Overall, this volume satisfies the goals of the Cambridge Companion series.... the volume will satisfy many readers. Those new to Dewey's work will find several significant starting points where their own research into Dewey can begin and seasoned scholars will find the essays from well regarded philosophers helpful in their own projects."
—Justin Bell, University of Houston-Victoria, Education and Culture: The Journal of the John Dewey Society

"The extensive reach of Dewey's philosophical work gives this volume an unusual format covering a wide breath of subjects, as the editor of the volume points out. The introduction offers an explanation for the resurgence of interest in Dewey's work, and provides a summary of Dewey's life and philosophical accomplishments. In addition, Cochran shows that Dewey reconstructed several key philosophical concepts and illustrates the insightful nature of his reconstructions with the description of Dewey notion of experience, intelligence and situation.... The volume offers a collection of thought provoking chapters both for Dewey scholars as well as for philosophy students."
—Dina Mendonça, Ph.D. Instituto de Filosofia da Linguagem, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Metapsychology Online Reviews

"...The Cambridge Companion to Dewey is insightful, ambitious and wide ranging, whereas the research is thorough and informed. This book should certainly find a place on the shelves of scholars in the field."
—George Lăzăroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York

"Chief among the many virtues of The Cambridge Companion to Dewey is its list of contributors.... the volume suggests some new and largely unexplored dimensions of Deweyan pragmatism.... an excellent collection which deserves a central place among the scholarly resources available to those working on Dewey’s philosophy.... The Cambridge Companion to Dewey is the best available document of the state-of-the-art in Dewey-inspired philosophy."
—Robert B. Talisse, Vanderbilt University, Transactions

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Meet the Author

Molly Cochran is Associate Professor of International Affairs in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of Normative Theory in International Relations: A Pragmatic Approach (1999).

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Table of Contents

List of contributors; Method of citation; Introduction Molly Cochran; 1. The making of a democratic philosopher: the intellectual development of John Dewey Robert Westbrook; 2. Dewey's epistemology Ruth Anna Putnam; 3. The naturalism of John Dewey Richard Gale; 4. Dewey's logic of inquiry Isaac Levi; 5. The primacy of practice in Dewey's experimental empiricism J. E. Tiles; 6. Cognitive science and Dewey's theory of mind, thought, and language Mark Johnson; 7. John Dewey on action Matthias Jung; 8. Dewey's moral philosophy Jennifer Welchman; 9. Ethics as moral inquiry: Dewey and the moral psychology of social reform James Bohman; 10. Dewey and pragmatic religious naturalism Sami Pihlström; 11. Dewey's aesthetics Richard Eldridge; 12. Dewey's philosophy of education: a critique from the perspective of care theory Nel Noddings; 13. Dewey's vision of radical democracy Richard J. Bernstein; 14. Dewey as an international thinker Molly Cochran.

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