The Later Works, 1925-1953, Volume 9

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SIU Press, 1986 - History - 550 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Works of John Dewey, 1925-1953 spans that entire period in Dewey's thought by including two important and previously unpublished documents from the book's history: Dewey's unfinished new introduction written between 1947 and 1949, edited by the late Joseph Ratner, and Dewey's unedited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

Religion versus the Religious
3
Faith and Its Object
21
The Human Abode of the Religious
40
Steps to Economic Recovery
61
Unity and Progress
71
What Keeps Funds Away from Purchasers
81
The Theory of Liberty
87
The Supreme Intellectual Obligation
96
Acquiescence and Activity in Communism
244
Congress Faces Its Test on Taxation
256
Lobby Asks Special Session on Debts
269
A Real Test of the Administration
282
Introduction to Challenge to the New Deal
296
To Save the Rand School
305
The Report of the Special Grievance
320
New York and the Seabury Investigation
346

A Great American Prophet
102
The Crisis in Education
112
Education and Our Present Social Problems
127
Dewey Outlines Utopian Schools
136
Shall We Abolish School Frills? No
141
Education for a Changing Social Order
158
Education and the Social Order
175
The Need for a Philosophy of Education
194
A God or The God? Review of Is There
213
Social Stresses and Strains Review
229
Save
386
After CapitalismWhat?
399
Mr Wieman and Mr Macintosh
412
John Deweys Common Faith
426
TEXTUAL APPARATUS
441
Emendations List
481
Object
507
Checklist of Deweys References 5 25
525
Pagination Key to the First Edition
551
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About the author (1986)

Milton R. Konvitz is Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Cornell University.

 

Jo Ann Boydston is Director of the Center for Dewey Studies, where Anne Sharpe is a staff member.

 

Patricia Baysinger is now retired from the Center staff.