The Later Works, 1925-1953: 1885-1953

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SIU Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 820 pages
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John Dewey's Experience and Nature has been considered the fullest expression of his mature philosophy since its eagerly awaited publication in 1925. Irwin Edman wrote at that time that "with monumental care, detail and completeness, Professor Dewey has in this volume revealed the metaphysical heart that beats its unvarying alert tempo through all his writings, whatever their explicit themes." In his introduction to this volume, Sidney Hook points out that "Dewey's Experience and Nature is both the most suggestive and most difficult of his writings." The meticulously edited text published here as the first volume in the series The Later Works of John Dewey, 1925-1953 spans that entire period in Dewey's thought by including two important and previously unpublished documents from the book's history: Dewey's unfinished new introduction written between 1947 and 1949, edited by the late Joseph Ratner, and Dewey's unedited final draft of that introduction written the year before his death. In the intervening years Dewey realized the impossibility of making his use of the word 'experience' understood. He wrote in his 1951 draft for a new introduction: "Were I to write (or rewrite) Experience and Nature today I would entitle the book Culture and Nature and the treatment of specific subject-matters would be correspondingly modified. I would abandon the term 'experience' because of my growing realization that the historical obstacles which prevented understanding of my use of 'experience' are, for all practical purposes, insurmountable. I would substitute the term 'culture' because with its meanings as now firmly established it can fully and freely carry my philosophy of experience."
 

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Contents

Doctor Martineaus Theory of Morals
3
The Church and Society
19
On Philosophical Synthesis
35
Introduction to Looking Forward 1935
47
San Jose State
63
The Educational Balance Efficiency and Thinking
77
Science and the Idea of God Review
93
Review of Mary C Loves Human Conduct
108
Memory and Judgment
323
Some Elements of Character
336
The Historical Method in Ethics
351
Some Thoughts concerning Religion
374
The Meaning and Progress of Morality
393
Brief Studies in Realism III
415
Methods in Philosophy and the Sciences
442
The Future of Philosophy
466

Answer to Do We Want Rifle Practice in
121
John Dewey Hails the Liberal Party
134
A Statement to the Society
138
Introduction to Philosophy
153
Psychology for Teachers
187
How the Mind Learns
213
Social Aspects of Education
226
Imagination
242
Periods of Growth
255
Attention
269
Period of Technic
284
Habit
298
Comment on Recent Criticisms of Some Points
480
Child Health and Protection
511
Memorandum for Mr Pringle
524
The Revival of the Soul
537
The Childrens Charter
550
textual apparatus
575
Emendations List
627
Alterations in Typescripts
680
LineEnd Hyphenation
744
index
761
Copyright

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About the author (1990)

Sidney Hook, protégé, colleague, and friend of John Dewey, was Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

 

Jo Ann Boydston is Distinguished Professor Emerita at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Director of the Center for Dewey Studies.

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