John Dewey's ethics: democracy as experience

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Indiana University Press, 2008 - Philosophy - 341 pages
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John Dewey, widely known as "America's philosopher," provided important insights into education and political philosophy, but surprisingly never set down a complete moral or ethical philosophy. Gregory Fernando Pappas presents the first systematic and comprehensive treatment of Dewey's ethics. By providing a pluralistic account of moral life that is both unified and coherent, Pappas considers ethics to be key to an understanding of Dewey's other philosophical insights, especially his views on democracy. Pappas unfolds Dewey's ethical vision by looking carefully at the virtues and values of ideal character and community. Showing that Dewey's ethics are compatible with the rest of his philosophy, Pappas corrects the reputation of American pragmatism as a philosophy committed to skepticism and relativism. Readers will find a robust and boldly detailed view of Dewey's ethics in this groundbreaking book.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Experience as Method
17
Moral Theory and Moral Practice
43
FOUR
81
FIVE
88
The How of Moral Experience
121
SEVEN
129
EIGHT
146
The Need for a Recovery of Moral Philosophy
156
ELEVEN
185
Democracy as the Ideal Moral Community
217
A Philosophical Justification of Democracy
260
conclus1on
309
Bibliography
327
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About the author (2008)

Gregory Fernando Pappas is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas A& M University. He is the author of numerous articles on the philosophy of William James and John Dewey. He has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship as well as the William James and the Latin American Thought prizes by the American Philosophical Association.

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