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John Dewey, widely known as "America's philosopher," provided important insights into education and political philosophy, but surprisingly never set down a complete moral or ethical philosophy. Gregory Fernando Pappas presents the first systematic and comprehensive treatment of Dewey's ethics. By providing a pluralistic account of moral life that is both unified and coherent, Pappas considers ethics to be key to an understanding of Dewey's other philosophical insights, especially his views on democracy. Pappas unfolds Dewey's ethical vision by looking carefully at the virtues and values of ideal character and community. Showing that Dewey's ethics are compatible with the rest of his philosophy, Pappas corrects the reputation of American pragmatism as a philosophy committed to skepticism and relativism. Readers will find a robust and boldly detailed view of Dewey's ethics in this groundbreaking book.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Part 1: Moral Theory and Experience
  2. p. 15
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  1. 1. Experience as Method
  2. pp. 17-42
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  1. 2. Moral Theory and Moral Practice
  2. pp. 43-70
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  1. 3. The Normative Standpoint of Pragmatism
  2. pp. 71-78
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  1. Part 2: Dewey’s View of Moral Experience
  2. p. 79
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  1. 4. Morality as Experience
  2. pp. 81-87
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  1. 5. The ‘‘What’’ of Moral Experience
  2. pp. 88-120
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  1. 6. The ‘‘How’’ of Moral Experience
  2. pp. 121-128
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  1. 7. Character and Conduct: Dewey and the Great Divide in Ethics
  2. pp. 129-145
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  1. 8. Present Activity and the Meaning of Moral Life
  2. pp. 146-155
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  1. 9. Conclusion: The Need for a Recovery of Moral Philosophy
  2. pp. 156-161
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  1. Part 3: The Ideal Moral Life
  2. p. 163
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  1. 10. The Intelligent, Aesthetic, and Democratic Way of Life
  2. pp. 165-184
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  1. 11. The Ideal Moral Self
  2. pp. 185-216
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  1. 12. Democracy as the Ideal Moral Community
  2. pp. 217-259
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  1. 13. A Philosophical Justification of Democracy
  2. pp. 260-299
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 300-308
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 309-326
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 327-334
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-341
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