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John Dewey and Daoist Thought
Experiments in Intra-cultural Philosophy, Volume One
John Dewey and Daoist Thought
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Jim Behuniak - Author
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
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Hardcover - 420 pages
Release Date: August 2019
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7449-6

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2 volume set available for special price: Experiments in Intra-cultural Philosophy Set (Volumes 1 and 2)

Proposes an “intra-cultural philosophy” based on John Dewey’s “cultural turn” and promotes Daoist thought as a resource that can help to reconstruct outmoded assumptions that continue to shape how we currently think.

In this timely and original work, Dewey’s late-period “cultural turn” is recovered and “intra-cultural philosophy” proposed as its next logical step—a step beyond what is commonly known as comparative philosophy. The first of two volumes, John Dewey and Daoist Thought argues that early Chinese thought is poised to join forces with Dewey in meeting our most urgent cultural needs: namely, helping us to correct our outdated Greek-medieval assumptions, especially where these result in pre-Darwinian inferences about the world.

Relying on the latest research in both Chinese and American philosophies, Jim Behuniak establishes “specific philosophical relationships” between Dewey’s ideas and early Daoist thought, suggesting how, together, they can assist us in getting our thinking “back in gear” with the world as it is currently known through the biological, physical, and cognitive sciences. Topics covered include the organization of organic form, teleology, cosmology, knowledge, the body, and technology—thus engaging Dewey with themes generally associated with Daoist thought. Volume one works to establish “Chinese natural philosophy” as an empirical framework in which to consider cultural-level phenomena in volume two.

“Moving beyond the limits of comparative philosophy, Behuniak’s intra-cultural approach refuses to separate past and present or to separate various philosophical traditions into self-enclosed compartments. Such an approach has been a long time coming. Like a good Platonic dialogue, these volumes place important traditions into conversations that enhance thinking about today’s issues. In terms of depth and thoroughness, the scope of learning in both American and Chinese philosophies is breathtaking.” — Raymond Boisvert, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Siena College

Jim Behuniak is Professor of Philosophy at Colby College. He is the author of John Dewey and Confucian Thought: Experiments in Intra-cultural Philosophy, Volume Two and Mencius on Becoming Human, both also published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Prelude
Dewey’s Chinese Friendships
Dewey and Chinese Thought

Acknowledgments

Part I.


1. John Dewey and Intra-cultural Philosophy
Philosophy East and West
Comparative Situations
Culture and the Comparative Philosopher
Experiments in Intra-cultural Philosophy
Connecting Strains of Culture

2. Forms and Nature
Philosophy Out of Gear
Mystery and Form
De 德 and Directional Order
Habits and Dao 道-Activity
Form (xing 形) and Environment

3. Orders and Spontaneity
Dewey’s Metaphysics
Embracing the One (baoyi 抱一)
1-2-3 and the Great Continuum
Attaining the One (deyi 得一)
Forms and Types

4. Rhythms and Energies
The Chinese Landscape
Forms, Rhythms, and Qi
Types and Potentials
Nature and Xing
Wuwei 無為 and Observing the Small

Part II.


5. Methods and Intelligence
Theory and Ordinary Activity
Method and Dao 道-Practice
The Virtues of Individual Method
Knowledge and Intelligence
The Man from Song

6. Knowledge and Technology
Knowledge Wanders North
The Primitive Mindset
Knowledge and Wholeness
The Tool of Knowing
The Monopoly of Knowledge

7. Bodies and Artifacts
Dewey’s Body-Practice
Animal Bodies and Rival Anthropologies
Language and the Human Difference
Imitation and Human Selfhood
The Great and Venerable Teacher

8. Problems and Inquiry
Autumn Floods
Nature and Valuation
Dismissing Market Daoism
Intelligence and Prognostication
Destiny Unbound

Notes
Works Cited
Index


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