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The Essential Dewey
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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 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Chronology
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Part 1: Habit, Conduct, and Language
  2. p. 1
  1. The Reflex Arc Concept in Psychology (1896)
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. Interpretation of Savage Mind (1902)
  2. pp. 11-18
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  1. Introduction: From Human Nature and Conduct (1922)
  2. pp. 19-23
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  1. The Place of Habit in Conduct: From Human Nature and Conduct (1922)
  2. pp. 24-49
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  1. Nature, Communication and Meaning: From Experience and Nature (1925)
  2. pp. 50-66
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  1. Conduct and Experience (1930)
  2. pp. 67-77
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  1. The Existential Matrix of Inquiry: Cultural: From Logic: The Theory of Inquiry (1938)
  2. pp. 78-87
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  1. Part 2: Meaning, Truth, and Inquiry
  2. p. 89
  1. The Superstition of Necessity (1893)
  2. pp. 91-100
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  1. The Problem of Truth (1911)
  2. pp. 101-130
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  1. Logical Objects (1916)
  2. pp. 131-136
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  1. Analysis of Reflective Thinking: From How We Think (1933)
  2. pp. 137-144
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  1. The Place of Judgment in Reflective Activity: From How We Think (1933)
  2. pp. 145-150
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  1. General Propositions, Kinds, and Classes (1936)
  2. pp. 151-156
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  1. The Problem of Logical Subject-Matter: From Logic: The Theory of Inquiry (1938)
  2. pp. 157-168
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  1. The Pattern of Inquiry: From Logic: The Theory of Inquiry (1938)
  2. pp. 169-179
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  1. Mathematical Discourse: From Logic: The Theory of Inquiry (1938)
  2. pp. 180-193
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  1. The Construction of Judgment: From Logic: The Theory of Inquiry (1938)
  2. pp. 194-196
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  1. General Theory of Propositions: From Logic: The Theory of Inquiry (1938)
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. Propositions, Warranted Assertibility, and Truth (1941)
  2. pp. 201-212
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  1. Importance, Significance, and Meaning (1949)
  2. pp. 213-221
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  1. Part 3: Valuation and Ethics
  2. p. 223
  1. Evolution and Ethics (1898)
  2. pp. 225-235
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  1. The Logic of Judgments of Practice (1915)
  2. pp. 236-271
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  1. Valuation and Experimental Knowledge (1922)
  2. pp. 272-286
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  1. Value, Objective Reference, and Criticism (1925)
  2. pp. 287-297
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  1. The Ethics of Animal Experimentation (1926)
  2. pp. 298-301
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  1. Philosophies of Freedom (1928)
  2. pp. 302-314
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  1. Three Independent Factors in Morals (1930)
  2. pp. 315-320
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  1. The Good of Activity: From Human Nature and Conduct (1922)
  2. pp. 321-327
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  1. Moral Judgment and Knowledge: From Ethics (1932)
  2. pp. 328-340
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  1. The Moral Self: From Ethics (1932)
  2. pp. 341-354
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  1. Part 4: Interpretations and Critiques
  2. p. 355
  1. Democracy and America: From Freedom and Culture (1939) (On Thomas Jefferson)
  2. pp. 357-365
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  1. Emerson—The Philosopher of Democracy (1903) (On Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  2. pp. 366-370
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  1. Peirce's Theory of Quality (1935) (On Charles S. Peirce)
  2. pp. 371-376
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  1. What Pragmatism Means by "Practical" (1907) (On William James)
  2. pp. 377-386
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  1. Voluntarism and the Roycean Philosophy (1916) (On Josiah Royce)
  2. pp. 387-392
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  1. Perception and Organic Action (1912) (On Henri Bergson)
  2. pp. 393-407
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  1. The Existence of the World as a Logical Problem (1915) (On Bertrand Russell)
  2. pp. 408-415
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  1. Whitehead's Philosophy (1937) (On Alfred North Whitehead)
  2. pp. 416-420
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 421-425
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 427
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