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Dewey (Beginner's Guides) [Kindle Edition]

David Hildebrand
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Book Description

An icon of philosophy and psychology during the first half of the 20th century, Dewey is known as the father of Functional Psychology and a pivotal figure of the Pragmatist movement as well as the progressive movement in education. This concise and critical look at Dewey's work examines his unique take on morality, art, and religion, his naturalistic approach to science and psychology, and his contribution to political thought. The author of over forty books across a range of topic, Dewey's legacy remains not only through the works he left us, but also through the institutions he founded, which include The New School for Social Research in New York City and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Hildebrand's biography brilliantly interweaves the different strands of Dewey's thought, and examines the legacy he left behind.

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"Guides the beginner through the major areas of Dewey's rich body of thought with clarity and insight." -- Richard Shusterman, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, Florida Atlantic University and author of Practicing Philosophy: Pragmatism and the Philosophical Life

"Incisive and clear-headed. He has laid a firm foundation for discovering Dewey's importance in coming to grips with the ecological and global problems of the 21st century." -- Thomas M. Alexander, Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University

"Intelligent, informed, judicious, and praise-worthy. Clearly of help to those coming to Dewey for the first time." -- John J. McDermott, University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, and editor of The Philosophy of John Dewey

"Erudite, organized, and articulate. The key terms and concepts of Dewey's major publications are identified, explained, and related to one another in ways that render his work highly accessible. A lucid and jargon-free introduction." -- Larry Hickman, Director of the Center for Dewey Studies

About the Author

David L. Hildebrand is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. He has also taught at Rice University, The University of Memphis, and the University of Houston. He is the author of several articles on John Dewey and other figures in American philosophy.

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  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (June 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E88RZI
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dewey explained and illuminated July 20, 2008
By mlw
Clear, readable, and well-balanced critical review of a wider range of Dewey's philosophical endeavors than any of the comparable studies of Dewey. Don't be fooled by the brevity and price of this little book--it delves deeply into the most important issues while bringing those new to Dewey along for the journey. Recommended for philosophers and intelligent readers alike. For selected topics (e.g., psychology, education, ethics, religion) this book can be of great help any teacher who wants their students to get a solid familiarization with Dewey's views in those areas, but cannot devote a large chunk of the semester to reading primary Dewey sources. To philosophy teachers, this is a great way to work Dewey into courses focusing on historical sequences, epistemology, aesthetics, political philosophy, ethics, religion, courses. Most important, it reads well--it moves along briskly with good examples and straightforward explanations. Dewey explained!
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