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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253211859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253211859
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Dewey (1859-1952) is probably best known to the public in general for his philosophy of education. This collection of his writings, covering the entire course of his intellectual development over time, will therefore provide a necessary corrective to this limited view by showing the depth and breadth of his philosophic interests. In the course of his long life, Dewey wrote and published on myriad topics: certainly, and perhaps most importantly to him, on public education, but also?and extensively?on technical philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, logic, aesthetics, religion, science, ethics, and social philosophy. And though neglected by academic philosophers for a time, Dewey's pragmatic orientation has recently proved influential in the thought of Quine, Putnam, and Rorty, among others. This two-volume collection of essays and book chapters, culled from an earlier 37-volume critical edition of his works, provides for the first time a publication of his writings that is both manageable and comprehensive. For academic and larger public libraries.?Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Mgt. Lib., Washingon, DC
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"... [T]his set should be a very high priority for public libraries lacking the complete works and is essential for small college libraries; researchers in libraries with the complete set will still find these two volumes most useful. All levels." —Choice, February 1999



This two—volume collection of Dewey's writings is drawn from the 37—volume Collected Works of John Dewey (1967—91). Volume 1 covers the general themes of pragmatism, education, and democracy; volume 2 covers ethics, logic, and psychology. The editors are two of the best Dewey scholars: Larry Hickman, John Dewey's Pragmatic Technology (CH, Jun'90), and Thomas Alexander, John Dewey's Theory of Art, Experience and Nature, (CH, Dec'87). The only other broad—based collection in print is John McDermott's two—volume work The Philosophy of John Dewey (CH, May'74). These well—produced volumes show the enormous breadth of Dewey's writing over 50 years. Some quibbles: although clear references are given to the location of the selections in the Collected Works and to the original source of publication, chapter numbers would have been helpful. This reviewer would have liked more on Dewey's attack on the human search for certainty and its consequences, instead of commentaries on other philosophers. Nevertheless, this set should be a very high priority for public libraries lacking the complete works and is essential for small college libraries; researchers in libraries with the complete set will still find these two volumes most useful. All levels. —R. H. Evans, University of MinnesotDuluth, Choice, February 1999


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Thomas Alexander teaches philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, an institution known for its focus in American philosophy, including the resources of the John Dewey papers and the Center for Dewey Studies. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where his father, Hubert G Alexander, taught philosophy at UNM. His mother was a pianist and music teacher. After graduating from UNM, he did graduate work at Emory University in Atlanta, writing his dissertation under Dewey scholar James Gouinlock. He has taught at SIUC since 1985. He has two sons, Adam Hartley and Nathan Blake, and is married to Felicia Kruse Alexander, a noted Peirce scholar.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mlw on February 14, 2013
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An enduringly important anthology. Dewey, as many people know, wrote an enormous amount of material over his lifetime. This means that a well-edited collection has tremendous value for readers, students, and teachers. The Essential Dewey Vol. 2 contains absolutely key essays (such as "The Reflex Arc," "The Pattern of Inquiry," and "Three Independent Factors in Morals" to choose just three examples) and also pieces which give real context regarding Dewey's important role in American life ("Democracy and America," e.g.). Also of great value are the introduction (clear and helpful) and (not to be underestimated!) and index. 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Hildebrand on February 14, 2013
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This collection features selections from John Dewey which will interest both students, scholars, and the public. The pieces are nicely organized and the introductory material is concise and helpful. There are few, if any, other collections of Dewey's writings which are as useful as this one. In addition, the book is well put together, with easy to read font and layout. Very highly recommended.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Coppedge on August 24, 2012
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Not very inspiring. My overall impression is that very few students will find something intellectually valuable from this work. And as a statement about an intellectual figure who has received a lot of attention, that isn't very encouraging.

I definitely think that Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Lao Tzu, and Confucius have oodles more to say about the nature of thought and the world than this crumpled or strangely animated figure.

I would resell my book, but I've made it a desperate project to find some abject value within the material, as a challenge that I will probably delay for some years.
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