Over a career spanning American history from the 1880s to the 1950s, John Dewey sought not only to forge a persuasive argument for his conviction that "democracy is freedom" but also to realize his democratic ideals through political activism. Widely considered modern America's most important philosopher, Dewey made his views known both through his writings and through such controversial episodes as his leadership of educational reform at the turn of the century; his support of American intervention in World War I and his leading role in the Outlawry of War movement after the war; and his participation in both radical and anti-communist politics in the 1930s and 40s. Robert B. Westbrook reconstructs the evolution of Dewey's thought and practice in this masterful intellectual biography, combining readings of his major works with an engaging account of key chapters in his activism. Westbrook pays particular attention to the impact upon Dewey of conversations and debates with contemporaries from William James and Reinhold Niebuhr to Jane Addams and Leon Trotsky. Countering prevailing interpretations of Dewey's contribution to the ideology of American liberalism, he discovers a more unorthodox Deweya deviant within the liberal community who was steadily radicalized by his profound faith in participatory democracy. Anyone concerned with the nature of democracy and the future of liberalism in Americaincluding educators, moral and social philosophers, social scientists, political theorists, and intellectual and cultural historianswill find John Dewey and American Democracy indispensable reading.
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About the Author
Robert B. Westbrook is Professor of History at the University of Rochester. He is the author of John Dewey and American Democracy, also from Cornell, winner of the Merle Curti Award. He is also the author of Why We Fought: Forging American Obligations in World War II and the coeditor of In Face of the Facts: Moral Inquiry in American Scholarship.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Making of a Philosopher
Part One. A Social Gospel (1882–1904)1. The Hegelian Bacillus2. Organic Democracy3. Chicago Pragmatism4. No Mean City
Part Two. Progressive Democracy (1904–1918)5. Reconstructing Philosophy6. Democracy and Education7. The Politics of War
Part Three. Toward the Great Community (1918–1929)8. The Politics of Peace 239. The Phantom Public10. Philosophy and Democracy
Part Four. Democrat Emeritus (1929–1952)11. Consummatory Experience12. Socialist Democracy13. Their Morals and Ours14. Keeping the Common Faith
Epilogue: The Wilderness and the Promised Land
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"Robert Westbrook has written a magisterial book about America's foremost philosopher of the twentieth century, perhaps of any century. Deeply researched and carefully crafted, it is intellectual history at its most scintillating. It will be the standard for measuring not only future work on Dewey but future work in intellectual biography in general."