A Common Faith

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Yale University Press, 1960 - Religion - 87 pages
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This is the book that set back education 1,000 years. Here Dewey elucidates his ideas about what is acceptable in religion and how it is to be excluded from the classrooms of America. This became the ... Read full review

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A dissection of religious belief that tells us more about its author than it tells us about religious belief. The influence of James and the pragmatist tradition is evident. This pragmatist approach is maintained in Rorty's view of religious belief as conversation and not supernatural dogma. For similar but clearer empiricist approaches ,read Braithwaite's and Hare. Of mostly historical value.  

Contents

I Religion Versus the Religious
1
II Faith and Its Object
29
III The Human Abode of the Religious Function
59
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About the author (1960)

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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