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The philosophy of John Dewey
Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
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Phoenix edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1981]

Physical Description:
xli, 723 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published in 2 vols. in 1973 by Putnam, New York.
The structure of experience.--The lived experience.
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John J. McDermott's anthology, The Philosophy of John Dewey , provides the best general selection available of the writings of America's most distinguished philosopher and social critic. This comprehensive collection, ideal for use in the classroom and indispensable for anyone interested in the wide scope of Dewey's thought and works, affords great insight into his role in the history of ideas and the basic integrity of his philosophy.

This edition combines in one book the two volumes previously published separately. Volume 1, "The Structure of Experience," contains essays on metaphysics, the logic of inquiry, the problem of knowledge, and value theory. In volume 2, "The Lived Experience," Dewey's writings on pedagogy, ethics, the aesthetics of the "live creature," politics, and the philosophy of culture are presented. McDermott has prefaced each essay with a helpful explanatory note and has written an excellent general introduction to the anthology.

Author Notes

John Dewey was born in 1859 in Burlington, Vermont. He founded the Laboratory School at the University of Chicago in 1896 to apply his original theories of learning based on pragmatism and "directed living." This combination of learning with concrete activities and practical experience helped earn him the title, "father of progressive education." After leaving Chicago he went to Columbia University as a professor of philosophy from 1904 to 1930, bringing his educational philosophy to the Teachers College there. Dewey was known and consulted internationally for his opinions on a wide variety of social, educational and political issues. His many books on these topics began with Psychology (1887), and include The School and Society (1899), Experience and Nature (1925), and Freedom and Culture (1939).Dewey died of pneumonia in 1952.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Volume I The Structure of Experience Preface to the Phoenix Edition
Notes Chronology
Bibliography Editor's Note on the Text I. Historical Roots and Reflections
1 From Absolutism to Experimentalism
2 Kant and Philosophic Method
3 Ralph Waldo Emerson
4 The Influence of Darwinism on Philosophy
5 The Development of American Pragmatism
6 The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy
II Early Psychological Writings
7 The Psychological Standpoint
8 Psychology as Philosophic Method
9 The Reflex Arc Concept in Psychology
10 The Psychology of Effort
III The Experience of Knowing
11 "Consciousness" and Experience
12 The Experimental Theory of Knowledge
13 Experience and Objective Idealism
14 The Practical Character of Reality
15 The Pattern of Inquiry
IV The Metaphysics of Experience
16 The Postulate of Immediate Empiricism
17 Experience and Philosophic Method
18 Existence as Precarious and Stable
19 Experience, Nature and Art
20 Existence, Value and Criticism
Volume II The Lived Experience
V The Culture of Inquiry
21 Escape from Peril
22 Philosophy's Search for the Immutable
23 Science and Society
24 Social Inquiry
VI Experience is Pedagogical
25 Interest in Relation to the Training of the Will
26 My Pedagogic Creed
27 The School and Social Progress
28 The Child and the Curriculum
29 Education as Growth
30 Experience and Thinking
31 The Need of a Theory of Experience
32 Criteria of Experience
VII Experience as Aesthetic
33 The Live Creature
34 The Live Creature and "Etherial Things"
35 Having an Experience
VIII Experience as Problematic: Ethical, Religious, Political, and Social Dimensions
36 The Construction of Good
37 The Lost Individual
38 Toward a New Individualism
39 Search for the Great Community
40 Renascent Liberalism
41 The Problem of Freedom
42 Culture and Human Nature
43 The Human Abode and the Religious Function
44 Morality Is Social