- Series: International Studies in Philosophy
- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company (March 19, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812692853
- ISBN-13: 978-0812692853
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understanding John Dewey: Nature and Cooperative Intelligence (International Studies in Philosophy)
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Campbell's comprehensive introduction to John Dewey's thought is a welcome addition to the literature about a thinker who has had such influence on North American education and thought in the 20th century. Beginning with an analysis of Dewey's views of human nature and the roots of those views in the ideas of William James and Charles Darwin, Campbell proceeds to an examination of Dewey's concept of the role of philosophy in human life. The second half of the book focuses on Dewey's social vision and the belief that pervades his writings that humans are social creatures "who, if they are 'not bound together in associations...are monstrosities.'" Apart from the thoroughness of his scholarship, Campbell's writing is clear and precise, making comprehensible even difficult concepts. Wisely, Campbell lets Dewey speak for himself through a judicious use of quotes from a wide selection of his writings. Though others have delved more deeply into various aspects of Dewey's work (viz., his views on the religious life), Campbell offers the best one-volume exposition of Dewey to come along in some time. Its appearance now, when Dewey's collected works have at last appeared in print, is most timely. Recommended for all academic and large public libraries.?Terry Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec
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Unfortunately Dewey is one of those figures whose work seems to be better known through reputation and hearsay rather than first hand knowledge. This book is a great way to acquire a real understanding of his thinking because the book extensively quotes Dewey directly while providing useful context.
Dewey has a very practical approach to philosophy and his work is uniquely applicable to daily life so I would recommend this book to anyone. The following is a quote from Dewey that illustrates this point nicely:
"Philosophy recovers itself when it ceases to be a device for dealing with the problems of philosophers and becomes a method, cultivated by philosophers, for dealing with the problems of men."
I'm note sure what the previous reviewer is talking about but his comments have nothing to do with this book and it is obvious he has not read the book.