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

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Overview

"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252069543
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface
1 On Interpreting Dewey 1
2 The Conception of a Philosophy 16
3 The Logic of Experience 44
4 Dewey's Aristotelian Turn 78
5 Existence as Problematic 106
6 The Language of Logic and Truth 134
7 The Theory of Intelligent Behavior 168
8 Meliorism as Transformational 201
Notes 215
Index 231
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