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In addition to being one of the greatest technical philosophers of the twentieth century, John Dewey (1859-1952) was an educational innovator, a Progressive Era reformer, and one of America's last great public intellectuals. Dewey's insights into the problems of public education, immigration, the prospects for democratic government, and the relation of religious faith to s In addition to being one of the greatest technical philosophers of the twentieth century, John Dewey (1859-1952) was an educational innovator, a Progressive Era reformer, and one of America's last great public intellectuals. Dewey's insights into the problems of public education, immigration, the prospects for democratic government, and the relation of religious faith to science are as fresh today as when they were first published. His penetrating treatments of the nature and function of philosophy, the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of life, and the role of inquiry in human experience are of increasing relevance at the turn of the 21st century. Based on the award-winning 37-volume critical edition of Dewey's work, The Essential Dewey presents for the first time a collection of Dewey's writings that is both manageable and comprehensive. The volume includes essays and book chapters that exhibit Dewey's intellectual development over time; the selection represents his mature thinking on every major issue to which he turned his attention. Eleven part divisions cover: Dewey in Context; Reconstructing Philosophy; Evolutionary Naturalism; Pragmatic Metaphysics; Habit, Conduct, and Language; Meaning, Truth, and Inquiry; Valuation and Ethics; The Aims of Education; The Individual, the Community, and Democracy; Pragmatism and Culture: Science and Technology, Art and Religion; and Interpretations and Critiques. Taken as a whole, this collection provides unique access to Dewey's understanding of the problems and prospects of human existence and of the philosophical enterprise.


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In addition to being one of the greatest technical philosophers of the twentieth century, John Dewey (1859-1952) was an educational innovator, a Progressive Era reformer, and one of America's last great public intellectuals. Dewey's insights into the problems of public education, immigration, the prospects for democratic government, and the relation of religious faith to s In addition to being one of the greatest technical philosophers of the twentieth century, John Dewey (1859-1952) was an educational innovator, a Progressive Era reformer, and one of America's last great public intellectuals. Dewey's insights into the problems of public education, immigration, the prospects for democratic government, and the relation of religious faith to science are as fresh today as when they were first published. His penetrating treatments of the nature and function of philosophy, the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of life, and the role of inquiry in human experience are of increasing relevance at the turn of the 21st century. Based on the award-winning 37-volume critical edition of Dewey's work, The Essential Dewey presents for the first time a collection of Dewey's writings that is both manageable and comprehensive. The volume includes essays and book chapters that exhibit Dewey's intellectual development over time; the selection represents his mature thinking on every major issue to which he turned his attention. Eleven part divisions cover: Dewey in Context; Reconstructing Philosophy; Evolutionary Naturalism; Pragmatic Metaphysics; Habit, Conduct, and Language; Meaning, Truth, and Inquiry; Valuation and Ethics; The Aims of Education; The Individual, the Community, and Democracy; Pragmatism and Culture: Science and Technology, Art and Religion; and Interpretations and Critiques. Taken as a whole, this collection provides unique access to Dewey's understanding of the problems and prospects of human existence and of the philosophical enterprise.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    John Dewey is like a lovable uncle. If Keith Olbermann didn't have such an attitude problem, he'd be like John Dewey. When we read Dewey nowadays, us modern American liberals and leftists recognize that we've taken his attitudes totally, utterly to heart. Yeah! Democracy via activism! Education outside the ivory tower! Social constructivism! You can tell that Dewey was one of the most humane thinkers of his time, unafraid to challenge the orthodoxies of political or academic institutions. He coul John Dewey is like a lovable uncle. If Keith Olbermann didn't have such an attitude problem, he'd be like John Dewey. When we read Dewey nowadays, us modern American liberals and leftists recognize that we've taken his attitudes totally, utterly to heart. Yeah! Democracy via activism! Education outside the ivory tower! Social constructivism! You can tell that Dewey was one of the most humane thinkers of his time, unafraid to challenge the orthodoxies of political or academic institutions. He could raise the blood pressure of the Coolidge Republicans and the Harvard Hegelians with his eyes closed and a hand tied behind his back, and still have time for breakfast. The inherent problem, though, is that this provides relatively little that enlightens the modern reader, especially with these brief snippets. I'd be intrigued to read his full length works. Perhaps they're more argument driven.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Brilliant ideas about how education should work. Sadly his ideas, introduced approximately 100 years ago, are still searching for a strong foothold in American education. At times the writing is densely philosophical, but his perspectives are brilliant. Every educator should read his thoughts on learning.

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