The Necessity of Pragmatism: John Dewey's Conception of Philosophy

The Necessity of Pragmatism: John Dewey's Conception of Philosophy

by R. W. Sleeper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252069544

ISBN-13: 9780252069543

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

"Hailed as "the most important overall reassessment of Dewey in several decades," The Necessity of Pragmatism investigates the most difficult and neglected aspects of Dewey's thought, his metaphysics and logic. R. W. Sleeper argues for a fundamental unity in Dewey's work, a unity that rests on his philosophy of language, and clarifies Dewey's conception of pragmatism…  See more details below

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"Hailed as "the most important overall reassessment of Dewey in several decades," The Necessity of Pragmatism investigates the most difficult and neglected aspects of Dewey's thought, his metaphysics and logic. R. W. Sleeper argues for a fundamental unity in Dewey's work, a unity that rests on his philosophy of language, and clarifies Dewey's conception of pragmatism as an action-based philosophy with the power to effect social change through criticism and inquiry." "Identifying Dewey's differences with his pragmatist forerunners, Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, Sleeper elucidates Dewey's reshaping of pragmatism and the radical significance of his philosophy of culture. In this first paperback edition, a new introduction by Tom Burke establishes the ongoing importance of Sleeper's analysis of the integrity of Dewey's work and its implications for mathematics, aesthetics, and the cognitive sciences."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252069543
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface
1On Interpreting Dewey1
2The Conception of a Philosophy16
3The Logic of Experience44
4Dewey's Aristotelian Turn78
5Existence as Problematic106
6The Language of Logic and Truth134
7The Theory of Intelligent Behavior168
8Meliorism as Transformational201
Notes215
Index231

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