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In Dewey's Wake
Unfinished Work of Pragmatic Reconstruction
In Dewey's Wake
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William J. Gavin - Edited and with an introduction by
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Hardcover - 255 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5629-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5629-3

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Release Date: January 2003
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Leading scholars evaluate the importance of Dewey's work for our times.

In a pluralistic tapestry of approaches, eminent Dewey scholars address his pragmatic philosophy and whether it should be reinterpreted, reconfigured, or "passed-by," so as to better deal with the problems posed by the twenty-first century. For some, Dewey's contextualism remains intact, requiring more to be amended than radically changed. For others, his work needs significant revision if he is to be relevant in the new millennium. Finally, there are those who argue that we should not be so quick to pass Dewey by, for he has much to offer that has still gone unnoticed or unappreciated. This rich narrative indicates both where the context has changed and what needs to be preserved and nurtured in Dewey as we advance into the future.

"This is an important work in American philosophy that significantly contributes to understanding the importance of John Dewey and advances intelligent solutions for contemporary intellectual and social problems. It is fascinating to read." — Herman J. Saatkamp Jr., editor of Rorty and Pragmatism: The Philosopher Responds to His Critics

"It is remarkable how much these scholars of Dewey's work diverge in their attempts to go beyond adherence to the letter of Dewey and yet carry the spirit of Dewey into the future. Their differences testify better to the living importance of Dewey's philosophy today than the many recent works of careful historical scholarship ever could." — Douglas Browning, coeditor of Philosophers of Process

Contributors include Thomas M. Alexander, Raymond D. Boisvert, James Campbell, Vincent Colapietro, Michael Eldridge, William J. Gavin, John Lachs, Joseph Margolis, Gregory Pappas, Sandra Rosenthal, and Shannon Sullivan.

William J. Gavin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of several books including Cuttin’ the Body Loose: Historical, Biological, and Personal Approaches to Death and Dying and William James and the Reinstatement of the Vague. He is the editor of Context Over Foundation: Dewey and Marx.


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Passing Dewey By?
William J. Gavin

PART ONE: Changing Contexts

1. Advancing American Philosophy: Pragmatism and Philosophical Scholarship
James Campbell

2. Dewey's Limited Shelf Life: A Consumer Warning
Michael Eldridge

3. New Directions and Uses in the Reconstruction of Dewey's Ethics
Gregory Pappas

4. Contexts Vibrant and Contexts Souring in Dewey's Philosophy
William J. Gavin

PART TWO: Radical Reconstruction

5. As Dewey Was Hegelian, So We Should Be Deweyan
Raymond D. Boisvert

6. (Re)construction Zone: Beware of Falling Statues
Shannon Sullivan

7. Between Being and Emptiness: Toward an Eco-Ontology of Inhabitation
Thomas M. Alexander

PART THREE: Don't Pass—Build!

8. On Passing Dewey By: The New Millennium and the Climate of Pluralism
Sandra Rosenthal

9. Pressing Dewey's Advantage
Joseph Margolis

10. Improving Life
John Lachs

11. In the Wake of Darwin
Vincent Colapietro

List of Contributors

Index



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