John Dewey and Continental Philosophy

John Dewey and Continental Philosophy

by Paul Fairfield
     
 

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“These essays build a valuable, if virtual, bridge between the thought of John Dewey and that of a host of modern European philosophers. They invite us to entertain a set of imagined conversations among the mighty dead that no doubt would have intrigued Dewey and each of the interlocutors gathered here.”—Robert Westbrook, author of John Dewey

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“These essays build a valuable, if virtual, bridge between the thought of John Dewey and that of a host of modern European philosophers. They invite us to entertain a set of imagined conversations among the mighty dead that no doubt would have intrigued Dewey and each of the interlocutors gathered here.”—Robert Westbrook, author of John Dewey and American Democracy and/or Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and the Politics of Truth.

John Dewey and Continental Philosophy provides a rich sampling of exchanges that could have taken place long ago between the traditions of American pragmatism and continental philosophy had the lines of communication been more open between Dewey and his European contemporaries. Since they were not, Paul Fairfield and thirteen of his colleagues seek to remedy the situation by bringing the philosophy of Dewey into conversation with several currents in continental philosophical thought, from post-Kantian idealism and the work of Friedrich Nietzsche to twentieth-century phenomenology, hermeneutics, and poststructuralism.

John Dewey and Continental Philosophy demonstrates some of the many connections and opportunities for cross-traditional thinking that have long existed between Dewey and continental thought, but have been under-explored. The intersection presented here between Dewey’s pragmatism and the European traditions makes a significant contribution to continental and American philosophy and will spur new and important developments in the American philosophical debate.

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“The essays in this volume are so uniformly good that they rival each other in value to the contemporary student of both American pragmatism and of continental philosophy from Kant and Hegel to Derrida and Deleuze. Such boundary-crossing work is where contemporary philosophy is going, and this book is at the head of this movement.”

—Jay Martin, author of The Education of John Dewey

“These essays build a valuable, if virtual, bridge between the thought of John Dewey and that of a host of modern European philosophers. They invite us to entertain a set of imagined conversations among the mighty dead that no doubt would have intrigued Dewey and each of the interlocutors gathered here.”

 —Robert B. Westbrook, author of John Dewey and American Democracy

“Taking the measure of similarities as well as differences, Fairfield’s stellar group of contributors opens up new avenues of communication between these two important philosophical traditions.”
—Larry A. Hickman, Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809333042
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
11/14/2013
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Fairfield is associate professor of philosophy at Queen’s University in Ontario. He is the author of six books, including Education After Dewey.

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