Reading Dewey: Interpretations for a Postmodern Generation

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Larry A. Hickman
Indiana University Press, 1998 - Philosophy - 271 pages

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.

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Contents

Deweys Aesthetics
1
Deweys Conception of Community
23
John Dewey and American Social Science
43
John Deweys Philosophy as Education
63
Deweys Social and Political Philosophy
82
Morality as Experience
100
Deweys Philosophy of Religious Experience
124
GroundMap of the Prototypically Real
149
Deweys Theory of Inquiry
166
John Deweys Pragmatist Feminism
187
Dewey in Dialogue with Continental Philosophy
231
Selected Works about Dewey
257
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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.

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