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John Dewey (1859-1952) authored more than two dozen books and scores of articles in both scholarly and popular publications. He rightly deserves the title of America's foremost philosopher and his work will influence intellectuals throughout the world for many years to come.
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  • Series: Great Books in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573926930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573926935
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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You wouldn't think it, but this little baby packs a huge radical punch. Written in 1929 after the Depression set in it's Dewey's testament on what he thought society would have to do to solve that kind of systemic problem and survive. What comes out from Dewey's experiential philosophy is a radical critique of individualism that fit's into the category today of "Council Communism" or "Autonomous Marxism", meaning socialism which is concieved according to Marxist type theory but is realized according to radically democratic and workerist means. A forgotten gem, read this and then absorb the liberatory potential of the rest of Dewey's many philosophical works.
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John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American philosopher (best known as a Pragmatist), psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas of “progressive education” have been very influential (as well as controversial, in some circles). He wrote many books, including Reconstruction in Philosophy, The Quest for Certainty, A Common Faith, etc.

[NOTE: Page numbers below refer to the original 171-page hardcover edition.]

He wrote in Chapter II of this 1930 book, “The problem of constructing a new individuality consonant with the objective conditions under which we live is the deepest problem of our times.” (Pg. 32) Later, he adds, ”Because of the bankruptcy of the older individualism, those who are aware of the breakdown often speak and argue as if individualism were itself done and over with. I do not suppose that those who regard socialism and individualism as antithetical really mean that individuality is going to die out or that it is not something intrinsically precious. But in speaking as if the only individualism were the local episode of the last two centuries, they play into the hands of those who would keep it alive in order to serve own ends, and they slur over the chief problem----that of remaking society to serve the growth of a new type of individual.” (Pg.
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Dewey's analysis is timeless. This could almost have been written yesterday. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in American politics.
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John Dewey explains how the philosophy of rugged individualism derived from the frontier era is out of place in industrialized, corporatized America.
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John Dewey is held up as a great thinker but you can clearly see that his ideas lack even trace amounts of wisdom. He's book-smart and that simply shows promise and little else.
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