JOHN DEWEY: In Perspective by George R. Geiger

JOHN DEWEY: In Perspective

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There has, perhaps, been no American philosopher with such a profound influence upon the American intellectual arena as John Dewey. Too often his popularity is controversial banter resulting from bizarre misrepresentations of his philosophical framework, or naive and provincial ignorance thereof. In this study the errors, criticisms, and stereotyped cliches are examined in the light of Dewey's own writings. Beginning with such basic concepts as ""experience"", knowing and truth, values and communication, Geiger explores the pragmatic system academically and rigorously. He concludes that Dewey's contribution was not confined to a general exposition of naturalism and a commemoration of the worth of man; it was the outline of a method designed to replace the classic end-means dualism with a transactional approach and directed to the enlistment of science to solve the problems of men. Stern reading which may attract not only students but public school teachers who believe that they are applying Deweian techniques in education.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1958
Publisher: Oxford