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Dewey in 90 minutes
Strathern, Paul, 1940-
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Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, [2002]

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90 pages ; 21 cm
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B945.D44 S77 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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These brief and enlightening explorations of our greatest thinkers bring their ideas to life in entertaining and accessible fashion.

Author Notes

Paul Strathern has a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Philosophy and lectures at Kingston University.

Strathern is the author of several novels, including A Season in Abyssinia, which won a Somerset Maugham prize, and Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements. He has also published two series of books, one on philosophy: Philosophers in 90 Minutes, and another on science, but is best known for his 39 short biographies of philosophers and scientists

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Installments 29 and 30 in Strathern's series profile two liberal philosophers whose ideas still visibly influence society. Not many people have heard of the professor who planted the idea of pragmatic philosophy in Dewey's mind. Charles S. Peirce was a remarkable man who made original, often highly significant contributions to many fields, especially logic. His tutelage is most evident in what Dewey is known for: educational reform. Dewey abandoned the old unanswerable conundrums of classical philosophy, formulating the theory that what mattered was what worked for personal development, which was discovered through experimentation. This view still reigns in K^-12. Mill, of course, is the philosophical giant of liberal democracy. Strathern delivers his customarily concise dissection of a philosopher's logical route to his conclusions: Mill reached his through Utilitarianism, but not the cold variety of its originator, Jeremy Bentham. Strathern describes how Mill's more empathic appreciation of human behavior (he himself suffered from mental breakdowns) modified Utilitarianism, so that its slogan ("The greatest happiness of the greatest number") could be appended to seemingly opposite positions on current social or political issues. Lasting influence, indeed. --Gilbert Taylor