Reading Dewey

Overview

John Dewey (1859-1952), hailed during his lifetime as "America’s
Philosopher," is now recognized as one of the seminal thinkers of the twentieth century. His critical work ranged more broadly than that of either of his contemporaries, Martin Heidegger and
Ludwig Wittgenstein, and he anticipated by several decades some of their most trenchant insights.
Dewey’s ground breaking ...

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Overview

John Dewey (1859-1952), hailed during his lifetime as "America’s
Philosopher," is now recognized as one of the seminal thinkers of the twentieth century. His critical work ranged more broadly than that of either of his contemporaries, Martin Heidegger and
Ludwig Wittgenstein, and he anticipated by several decades some of their most trenchant insights.
Dewey’s ground breaking contributions to philosophy, psychology, and educational theory continue to animate research on the cutting edges of those fields.
The twelve original interpretive essays included here locate Dewey’s major works within their historical context and present a timely reevaluation of each of the major areas of his broad philosophical reach. They explore his contributions to logic, ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophies of religion and art, metaphysics, and the philosophy of the human sciences. They also locate
Dewey’s work as it relates to the dominant strands of modern philosophy, as it participates in the major debates of continental philosophy from phenomenology to post-structuralism, and as an early contribution to feminist thought.
Contributors are Thomas M. Alexander, Raymond D.
Boisvert, James Campbell, James W. Garrison, Larry A. Hickman, Thelma Z. Lavine, Joseph Margolis,
Peter T. Manicas, Gregory F. Pappas, Steven C. Rockefeller, Charlene Haddock Seigfried, and John J.
Stuhr.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253211798
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry A. Hickman is Director of the Center for Dewey Studies and Professor of
Philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of Modern Theories of
Higher Level Predicates: Second Intentions in the Neuzeit and John Dewey’s Pragmatic
Technology, and editor of Technology as a Human Affair.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Art of Life: Dewey's Aesthetics 1
2 Dewey's Conception of Community 23
3 John Dewey and American Social Science 43
4 John Dewey's Philosophy as Education 63
5 Dewey's Social and Political Philosophy 82
6 Dewey's Ethics: Morality as Experience 100
7 Dewey's Philosophy of Religious Experience 124
8 Dewey's Metaphysics: Ground-Map of the Prototypically Real 149
9 Dewey's Theory of Inquiry 166
10 John Dewey's Pragmatist Feminism 187
11 The Contemporary Significance of the American Philosophic Tradition: Lockean and Redemptive 217
12 Dewey in Dialogue with Continental Philosophy 231
Selected Works about Dewey 257
Contributors 261
Index 265
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