Dewey by Steven Fesmire

By Steven Fesmire

John Dewey (1859 - 1952) was once the dominant voice in American philosophy throughout the global Wars, the good melancholy, and the nascent years of the chilly conflict. With a certified profession spanning 3 generations and a profile that no public highbrow has operated on within the U.S. for the reason that, Dewey's biographer Robert Westbrook correctly describes him as "the most vital thinker in glossy American history."

In this exceptional and fascinating advent, Steven Fesmire starts off with a bankruptcy on Dewey’s existence and works, ahead of discussing and assessing Dewey's key rules around the significant disciplines in philosophy; together with metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, academic philosophy, social-political philosophy, and spiritual philosophy.

This is a useful creation and consultant to this deeply influential thinker and his legacy, and crucial studying for a person coming to Dewey's paintings for the 1st time.

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James Campbell, Understanding John Dewey (LaSalle, IL: Open Court, 1995). David L. Hildebrand, Dewey: A Beginner’s Guide (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2008). , The Cambridge Companion to Dewey (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010). Larry A. , Reading Dewey: Interpretations for a Postmodern Generation (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1998). John R. , Dewey’s Enduring Impact (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2011). For general collections of Dewey’s works, see: Larry A. Hickman and Thomas M.

Adj. ”17 16 Dewey In the summer of 1886 Dewey married Alice Chipman (1859– 1927), who had been his student at the University of Michigan. Their early social life revolved around the Morris home. Their first child, Frederick Archibald, was born in 1887. Alice had a profound influence on the introverted John, not least in their mutual advocacy for women. ” The affection between John and Alice is apparent to any scholar who has eavesdropped on their early letters. 19 Alice’s parents died in her early childhood, and she was raised by her unorthodox grandparents Frederick and Evalina Riggs.

In 1888 Dewey accepted a position as head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. Upon the death of his beloved professor and former colleague Morris in 1889, he returned to the University of Michigan to head its Department of Philosophy. When James’s two-volume masterpiece The Principles of Psychology appeared in 1890, Dewey had been poised to use his own Psychology as the text for a course. He shelved it after reading James. It later pained him to recall his Hegel-steeped Psychology.

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