John Dewey: Religious Faith and Democratic Humanism

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Combining ?biography and intellectual history, Steven Rockefeller offers an illuminating introduction to the philosophy of John Dewey, with special emphasis on the evolution of the religious faith and moral vision at the heart of his thought. This study pays particular attention to Dewey's radical democratic reconstruction of Christianity and his many contributions to the American tradition of spiritual democracy.

Rockefeller presents the first full exploration of Dewey's religious thought, including its mystical dimension. Covering Dewey's entire intellectual life, the author provides a clear introduction to Dewey's early neo-Hegelian idealism as well as to his later naturalistic metaphysics, epistemology, theory of education, theory of evaluation, and philosophy of religion. The author tells the story of the evolution of this faith and philosophical vision, offering fresh insight into the enduring value of the thought of America's foremost philosopher.

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Contents

Prologue
1
A Quest for Unity
29
NeoHeglian Idealism and the New Psychology
76
Christian Liberalism and Social Action
125
The Truth Shall Make You Free
169
Democracy Education and Religious Experience
221
Pragmatism Progressivism and the War
270
Poems Letters and Lessons
312
The Moral Life in an Evolving World
399
Religious Humanism
445
Nature God and Religious Feeling
491
A Gift of Grace
541
Notes
565
Chronological Listing of Works by John Dewey
633
Selected Bibliography of Books and Essays
643
Copyright

Nature Science and Values
357

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Tahar Ben Jelloun, winner of the 1994 Prix Maghreb and of the 1987 Goncourt Prize for his novel La Nuit sacrée (The sacred night), has published ten novels, four books of poetry, and three works of nonfiction. His books have been widely translated and include three novels in English: Silent Day in Tangiers, Corruption, and The Sand Child. His recent Racism Explained to My Daughter has been translated into fifteen languages and has sold more than 300,000 copies.Barabara Bray lives in Paris where she is a writer, critic, and translator. She has translated many books, including The Lover by Marguerite Duras, Jacques Lacan by Elisabeth Roudinesco (Columbia, 1997), as well as three of Julia Kristeva's novels: Possessions, The Old Man and the Wolves, and The Samurai (all published by Columbia).

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