Human Nature and Conduct [NOOK Book]

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Influential work by the great educator/philosopher maintains that the key to social psychology lies in an understanding of the many varieties of habit; individual mental activity is guided by subordinate factors of impulse and intelligence. His investigation focuses on three main areas of conduct: habit, impulse, and intelligence, with each factor receiving an incisive treatment.
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Influential work by the great educator/philosopher maintains that the key to social psychology lies in an understanding of the many varieties of habit; individual mental activity is guided by subordinate factors of impulse and intelligence. His investigation focuses on three main areas of conduct: habit, impulse, and intelligence, with each factor receiving an incisive treatment.
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In this reprint of his 1922 work, John Dewey (1859-1952) lays out his philosophy of human morality. He argues that morality must be grounded in an understanding of human physiology and psychology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486143446
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 10/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 622 KB

Meet the Author

Murray G. Murphey is Professor of Amer­ican Civilization at the University of Penn­sylvania.

Jo Ann Boydston is Director of the Cen­ter for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Patricia Baysinger, textual editor of this volume, is a member of the Dewey Center staff.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Contempt for human nature; pathology of goodness; freedom; value of science.
PART ONE THE PLACE OF HABIT IN CONDUCT
SECTION I: HABITS AS SOCIAL FUNCTIONS
Habits as functions and arts; social complicity; subjective factor.
SECTION II: HABITS AND WILL
Active means; ideas of ends; means and ends; nature of character
SECTION III: CHARACTER AND CONDUCT
Good will and consequences; virtues and natural goods; objective and subjective morals.
SECTION IV: CUSTOM AND HABIT
Human psychology is social; habit as conservative; mind and body.
SECTION V: CUSTOM AND MORALITY
Customs as standards; authority of standards; class conflicts
SECTION VI: HABIT AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Isoloation of individuality; newer movements.
PART TWO THE PLACE OF IMPULSE IN CONDUCT
SECTION I: IMPULSES AND CHANGE OF HABITS
Present interest in instincts; impulses as re-organizing
SECTION II: PLASTICITY OF IMPULSE
Impulse and education; uprush of impulse; fixed codes.
SECTION III: CHANGING HUMAN NATURE
Habits the inert factor; modification of impulses; war a social function; economic regimes as social products; nature of motives.
SECTION IV: IMPULSE AND CONFLICT OF HABITS
Possibility of social betterment; conservatism.
SECTION V: CLASSIFICATION OF INSTINCTS
"False simplifications; "self-love"; will to power; acquisitive and creative."
SECTION VI: NO SEPARATE INSTINCTS
Uniqueness of acts; possibilities of operation necessity of play and art; rebelliousness.
SECTION VII: IMPULSE AND THOUGHT
PART THREE THE PLACE OF INTELLIGENCE IN CONDUCT
SECTION I: HABIT AND INTELLIGENCE
"Habits and intellect; mind, habit and impulse."
SECTION II: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THINKING
The trinity of intellect; conscience and its alleged separate subject-matter.
SECTION III: THE NATURE OF DELIBERATION
Deliberation as imaginative rehearsal; preference and choice; strife of reason and passion; nature of reason.
SECTION IV: DELIBERATION AND CALCULATION
Error in utilitarian theory; place of the pleasant; hedonistic calculus; deliberation and prediction.
SECTION V: THE UNIQUENESS OF GOOD
Fallacy of a single good; applied to utilitarianism; profit and personality; means and ends.
SECTION VI: THE NATURE OF AIMS
Theory of final ends; aims as directive means; ends as justifying means; meaning well as an aim; wishes and aims.
SECTION VII: THE NATURE OF PRINCIPLES
Desire for certainty; morals and probabilities; importance of generalizations.
SECTION VIII: DESIRE AND INTELLIGENCE
Object and consequence of desire; desire and quiescence; self-deception in desire; desire needs intelligence; nature of idealism; living in the ideal.
SECTION IX: THE PRESENT AND FUTURE
Subordination of activity to result; control of future; production and consummation; idealism and distant goals.
PART FOUR CONCLUSION
SECTION I: THE GOOD OF ACTIVITY
Better and worse; morality a process; evolotuion and progress; optimism; Epicureanism; making others happy.
SECTION II: MORALS ARE HUMAN
Humane morals; natural law and morals; place of science.
SECTION III: WHAT IS FREEDOM?
Elements in freedom; capacity in action; novel possibilities; force of desire.
SECTION IV: MORALITY IS SOCIAL
Conscience and responsibility; social pressure and opportunity; exaggeration of blame; importance of social psychology; category of right; the community as religious symbol.
INDEX
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