Chicago School Pragmatism

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John R. Shook
A&C Black, Sep 15, 2000 - Philosophy - 1400 pages
The Chicago school of pragmatism was one of the most controversial and prominent intellectual movements of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Spanning the ferment of academic and social thought that erupted in those turbulent times in America, the Chicago pragmatists earned widespread attention and respect for many decades. They were a central force in philosophy, contesting realism and idealism for supremacy in metaphysics, epistemology and value theory. Their functionalist views formed the Chicago school of religion, which sparked intense scrutiny into the real meaning of theism, religious experience and the role of religious values in society. Their social standpoint on psychology generated the Chicago school of sociology, social psychology and symbolic interactionism that dominated the social sciences until the 1960s. Their educational philosophy was a major component of progressivism, aiming to make schools more responsive to the democratic and industrial character of the country. In economics, labour issues, civil rights and liberal politics, the Chicago school was also impossible to ignore

This four-volume set focuses on the cornerstones of the thought grounding such intellectual activism: their philosophies of human nature, intelligence, values and social purpose. While other collections of the writings of the most prominent Chicago pragmatists (John Dewey, George Mead and James Tufts) offer some of their own individual work, no other collection captures the entire breadth and depth of the movement as a whole. Key writings of these major philosophers are set in their proper context of important writings of James Angell, Edward Ames, Addison Moore, and of many of their graduates who had significant careers, including Ella Flagg Young, H. Heath Bawden, Arthur Rogers, Irving King, Kate Gordon, Douglas Macintosh, William Wright, Clarence Ayres and Charles Morris. Also included are their debates with many critics, such as James Mark Baldwin, George Santayana, William Montague, Roy Wood Sellars and William Hocking. Spanning roughly fifty years, the 130 pieces are brought together from several dozens of now obscure and increasingly rare books, journals and archival sources. This collection will be indispensable for the study of American intellectual history, and especially the evolution of American philosophy, psychology, sociology, religion, education and politics.

--130 articles gathered into an indispensable collection covering the entire Chicago pragmatism movement
--all materials are reset, annotated, indexed and enhanced by new editorial introductions
--includes a wealth of obscure, rare and hard-to-find original materials
--indispensable for the study of American intellectual history, and especially the evolution of American philosophy, psychology, sociology, religion, education and politics


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John Dewey Logical Conditions of a Scientific Treatment
James H Tufts The Social Standpoint
George H Mead The Philosophical Basis of Ethics
John Dewey Ethics
George H Mead The Working Hypothesis in Social Reform
John Dewey Democracy in Education
Ella Flagg Young The Philosophy of Education 18951902
Ella Flagg Young Scientific Method in Education
George H Mead The Psychology of Social Consciousness
George H Mead The Social Self
John Dewey Religious Education as Conditioned by Modern
Simon F MacLennan The Fundamental Problem of Religious
Irving King The Pragmatic Interpretation of the Christian
Edward S Ames Theology from the Standpoint of the Functional
Strong Some Religious Aspects of Pragmatism

Jane Addams Educational Methods
George H Mead Review of Jane Addams The Newer Ideals
James H Tufts Review of Jane Addams The Spirit of Youth
John Dewey Moral Principles in Education
Macintosh Can Pragmatism Furnish a Philosophical
William K Wright A Psychological Definition of Religion
Frederick G Henke Advantages Accruing from the Functional

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John R. Shook, Ph.D., is Vice President for Education and Research and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York. He also is Research Associate in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo. Among his books are Dewey's Empirical Theory of Knowledge and Reality (2000) and Dewey's Philosophy of Spirit (2010). He has edited or co-edited more than a dozen books including Pragmatic Naturalism and Realism (2003), A Companion to Pragmatism (2005), Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (2005), and The Future of Naturalism (2009).

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