Liberalism and Social Action

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Prometheus Books, Publishers, 1935 - Political Science - 93 pages
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In Liberalism and Social Action, John Dewey (1859-1952), one of America's leading social philosophers, surveys the history of liberal thought from John Locke to John Stuart Mill, in his search to find the core of liberalism for today's world. While liberals of all stripes have held to some very basic values - liberty, individuality, and the critical use of intelligence - earlier forms of liberalism restricted the state function to protecting its citizens while allowing free rein to socioeconomic forces. But, as society matures, so must liberalism as it reaches out, to redefine itself in a world where government must play a role in creating an environment in which citizens can achieve their potential. Dewey's advocacy of a positive role for government - a new liberalism - nevertheless finds him rejecting radical Marxists and fascists who would use violence and revolution rather than democratic methods to achieve social objectives.

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Review: Liberalism and Social Action (Great Books in Philosophy)

User Review  - Barron - Goodreads

I give up. This book is brilliant. It doesn't seem brilliant when you're reading it--instead it seems vague and unanchored--but the ideas that first seemed unrevelatory stick in your mind and I keep ... Read full review

Review: Liberalism and Social Action (Great Books in Philosophy)

User Review  - Kathleen - Goodreads

Very quick read that summarizes Dewey's view of the meaning and purpose of liberalism in a democratic society. In it, he offers a historical account of the development of liberalism, an account of the ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
The Crisis in Liberalism
37
Renascent Liberalism
61
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About the author (1935)

John Dewey was born in 1859 in Burlington, Vermont. He founded the Laboratory School at the University of Chicago in 1896 to apply his original theories of learning based on pragmatism and "directed living." This combination of learning with concrete activities and practical experience helped earn him the title, "father of progressive education." After leaving Chicago he went to Columbia University as a professor of philosophy from 1904 to 1930, bringing his educational philosophy to the Teachers College there. Dewey was known and consulted internationally for his opinions on a wide variety of social, educational and political issues. His many books on these topics began with Psychology (1887), and include The School and Society (1899), Experience and Nature (1925), and Freedom and Culture (1939).Dewey died of pneumonia in 1952.

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