The Cambridge Companion to Dewey

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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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"....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

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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 xi

Method of citation|xiv

Chronology of the life and work John Dewey xv

Introdution Molly Cochran 1

1 The making of a democratic philosopher: the intellectual development of John Dewey Robert Westbrook 13

2 Dewey's epistemology Ruth Anna Putnam 34

3 The naturalism of John Dewey Richard M. Gale 55

4 Dewey's logic of inqury Isaac Levi 80

5 The primacy of practice in Dewey's experimental expiricism J.E.Tiles 101

6 Cognitive science and Dewey's theory of mind, thought, and language Mark Johnson 123

7 John Dewey and action Matthias Jung 145

8 Dewey's moral philosophy Jennifer Welchmen 166

9 Ethics as moral inquiry: Dewey and the moral psychology of social reform James Bohman 187

10 Dewey and pragmatic religious naturalism Sami Pihlström 211

11 Dewey's aesthetics Richard Eldridge 242

12 Dewey's philosophy of education: a critique from the perspective of care theory Nel Noddings 265

13 Dewey's vision of radical democracy Richard J. Bernstein 288

14 Dewey as an international thinker Molly Cocharn 309

Bibliography 337

Index 349

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