The Public and Its Problems: An Essay in Political Inquiry

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Ohio University Press, Oct 15, 2016 - Political Science - 304 pages

More than six decades after John Dewey’s death, his political philosophy is undergoing a revival. With renewed interest in pragmatism and its implications for democracy in an age of mass communication, bureaucracy, and ever-increasing social complexities, Dewey’s The Public and Its Problems, first published in 1927, remains vital to any discussion of today’s political issues.

This edition of The Public and Its Problems, meticulously annotated and interpreted with fresh insight by Melvin L. Rogers, radically updates the previous version published by Swallow Press. Rogers’s introduction locates Dewey’s work within its philosophical and historical context and explains its key ideas for a contemporary readership. Biographical information and a detailed bibliography round out this definitive edition, which will be essential to students and scholars both.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Revisiting The Public and Its Problems
Foreword 1927
Search for the Public
Discovery of the State
The Democratic State
The Eclipse of the Public
Search for the Great Community
The Problem of Method
Editors Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Index
Copyright

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John Dewey (1859–1952) was one of the United States’ most influential political philosophers, defenders of democracy, and social and educational reformers. His many works encompass psychology, educational theory, and philosophy.

Melvin L. Rogers is the Scott Waugh Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences and associate professor of political science and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Rogers is the author of The Undiscovered Dewey: Religion, Morality, and the Ethos of Democracy.

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