John Dewey

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The Philosophy of John Dewey

(Volume I, 1939)

In this volume the writings of John Dewey are subjected to careful scrutiny by seventeen great thinkers. Some have eulogized, some have reinterpreted--but all have respected the work of that great and germinal mind. For thirty years John Dewey has been the most dynamic, arresting figure in American thought. Whereas the "traditional" philosopher too often concerned himself with matters seemingly remote and formalistic, Dewey was ever aware of the ferment of this developing democracy. The problems of every-day life, the "commonplace" in our culture, the direction of the educative process in the schools, the processes of politics, art, literature, science, religion--on all these John Dewey has left the impress of his thought.

It was inevitable that Dewey's writings should raise questions and doubts, that readers should find points of difference and emphasis. Now for the first time Dewey himself is able to read and answer in one place the analysis and criticism of a group of eminent men. The result of this unique situation is the setting for a new type of intellectual experience--an opportunity to sit in a seminar with Dewey and some of the greatest of his critics.

Table of Contents

Biography of John Dewey
John Dewey and his daughters

(Replies follow essays)

Joseph Ratner: Dewey's Conception of Philosophy
John Herman Randall, Jr.: Dewey's Interpretation of the History of Philosophy
Donald A. Piatt: Dewey's Logical Theory
Bertrand Russell: Dewey's New Logic
Hans Reichenbach: Dewey's Theory of Science
Arthur E. Murphy: Dewey's Epistemology and Metaphysics
Dominique Parodi: Knowledge and Action in Dewey's Philosophy
George Santayana: Dewey's Naturalistic Metaphysics
Gordon W. Allport: Dewey's Individual and Social Psychology
Henry W. Stuart: Dewey's Ethical Theory
George Raymond Geiger: Dewey's Social and Political Philosophy
Stephen C. Pepper: Some Questions on Dewey's Esthetics
Edward L. Schaub: Dewey's Interpretation of Religion
John L. Childs: The Educational Philosophy of John Dewey
William H. Kilpatrick: Dewey's Influence on Education
Alfred North Whitehead: John Dewey and His Influence
William Savery: The Significance of Dewey's Philosophy
John Dewey: Experience, Knowledge and Value: A Rejoinder
Bibliography of the Writings of John Dewey (1882-1989)