Experience and Nature

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1958 - Philosophy - 443 pages

This is an enlarged, revised edition of the Paul Carus lecturers which John Dewey delivered in 1925. It covers Dewey's basic formulation of the problem of knowledge, with both a full discussion of theories and resolutions propounded by other systems, and a detailing of Dewey's own concepts upon the relationship of the external world, the minds, and knowledge.
Starting with a thorough examination of philosophical method, Dewey examines the interrelationship of experience and nature, and upon the basis of empirical naturalism analyzes experience, the formulation of law, the role of language and social factors in knowledge, the nature of mind, and the final interrelation of mind and matter. Dewey, as in his other mature philosophy, attempts to replace the traditional separation of nature and experience with the idea of continuity, using the traditional separation of nature and experience with the idea of continuity, using the concept of language as the bridge.
Dewey's treatment of central problems in philosophy and philosophy of science is profound, yet extremely easy to follow. His range of subject matter is very wide, from the anthropology of Malinowski to gravity, evolution, and the role of art, and his insights are clear and valuable. Scientists, philosophers of science, philosophers, and students of American history of thought will all find this one of the most profitable works by a great 20th-century thinker.

 

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. did not lie: "But although Dewey’s book is incredibly ill written, it seemed to me after several re-readings to have a feeling of intimacy with the inside of the cosmos that ... Read full review

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Dewey seems to be on to something important in his critique of non-historical metaphysics, so I found certain parts of this book very interesting. But in general I think his style of presentation is ... Read full review

Contents

EXPERIENCE AND PHILOSOPHIC METHOD
1
EXISTENCE AS PRECARIOUS AND AS STABLE
40
NATURE ENDS AND HISTORIES
78
NATURE MEANS AND KNOWLEDGE
121
NATURE COMMUNICATION AND AS MEANING
166
NATURE MIND AND THE SUBJECT
208
NATURE LIFE AND BODYMIND
248
EXISTENCE IDEAS AND CONSCIOUSNESS
298
EXPERIENCE NATURE AND ART
354
EXISTENCE VALUE AND CRITICISM
394
INDEX
439
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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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