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Overview


The question of how far Dewey's thought is indebted to Hegel has long been a conundrum for philosophers. This book shows that, far from repudiating Hegel, Dewey's entire pragmatic philosophy is premised on a philosophy of spiritinspired by Hegel's project. Two essays by Shook and Good defending this radical viewpoint are joined by the definitive text of Dewey's 1897 Lecture at the University of Chicagoon Hegel's Philosophy of Spirit. Previously cited by scholars only from the archival manuscript, this edited Lecture is now available to fully expose the basic concern shared by Hegel and Dewey for the full and free development of the individual in the social context. Dewey's and Hegel's philosophies are at the center of modern philosophy's hopes for advancing human freedom.
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Dewey's reception of Hegel is the decisive historical event inaugurating the American Pragmatist assimilation of German Idealism, which has become one of the most exciting themes in contemporary American philosophy. With the publication and critical annotation of this archival but important source in which Dewey systematically explores one of Hegel's greatest works, American scholars will now have a remarkable new resource in carrying out this momentous adventure in philosophical synthesis.-John H. Zammito

1. Shook and Good are the pioneers of a new and suggestive interpretation of Hegel's deep and enduring influence on Dewey. They show how Dewey's preference for a humanistic/historicist reading of Hegel over the usual metaphysical/theological reading ensconced by the British neo-Hegelians is actually quite compatible with contemporary Hegel scholarship. Combining Dewey's remarkable 1897 Lecture on Hegel with two impressive essays helping to interpret the text opens up new territory for scholars.2. This volume offers for the first time a scholarly version of Dewey's insightful 1897 lecture on Hegel along with their two essays by Shook and Good that go a long way in furthering our understanding of Hegel's influence on Dewey, especially his thinking on religion, art, and the function of philosophy.3. Shook and Good show us that the better er understand that Hegel was a better empiricist than the British Empiricist and that the Absolute Spirit is not supernal (for example, God or logical categories) as

Represents an important and original contribution to scholarly research in American philosophy and in Dewey studies. It also provides further evidence of the important role that Hegelian Idealism plays in American heritages of philosophy, and contributes to our understanding of the distinctive use made of Hegel in Dewey's thought.An outstanding and useful work.-Theodore George

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823231393
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: American Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,268,732
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Shook is Research Associate in philosophy at the University at Buffalo and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York.

James A. Good is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Lone Star College, North Harris in Houston, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Editorial Procedures for Class Lecture Notes by Center for Dewey Studies xi

Part I Dewey's Philosophy of Spirit

Dewey's Naturalized Philosophy of Spirit and Religion John R. Shook 3

Rereading Dewey's "Permanent Hegelian Deposit" James A. Good 56

Part II Dewey's 1897 Lecture on Hegel

Hegel's Philosophy of Spirit: 1897, University of Chicago John Dewey 93

Notes 177

Index 193

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

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    A really great introduction to the philosophy of John Dewey and the influence Hegel's metaphysical phenomenology exerted on his early thought. You can actually see traces of this profound influence in Dewey's later, more mature work, especially his 'A Common Faith', which presents an entirely naturalistic conception of religious faith as devotion to some pragmatic ideal.

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