A Beginner's Guide
An icon of philosophy and psychology during the first half of the 20th century, Dewey is known as the father of Functional Psychology and a pivotal figure of the Pragmatist movement as well as the progressive movement in education.
This concise and critical look at Dewey's work examines his unique take on morality, art, and religion, his naturalistic approach to science and psychology, and his contribution to political thought. The author of over forty books across a range of topic, Dewey's legacy remains not only through the works he left us, but also through the institutions he founded, which include The New School for Social Research in New York City and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Hildebrand's biography brilliantly interweaves the different strands of Dewey's thought, and examines the legacy he left behind.
'Erudite, organized, and articulate. The key terms and concepts of Dewey's major publications are identified, explained, and related to one another in ways that render his work highly accessible. A lucid and jargon-free introduction.'
'Guides the beginner through the major areas of Dewey's rich body of thought with clarity and insight.'
'Incisive and clear-headed. He has laid a firm foundation for discovering Dewey's importance in coming to grips with the ecological and global problems of the 21st century.'
Thomas M. Alexander
'Intelligent, informed, judicious, and praise-worthy. Clearly of help to those coming to Dewey for the first time.'
John J. McDermott
'Thoroughly admirable. A careful, sprightly, thorough, and distinctly helpful compendium of Dewey's complex philosophical vision.'
'Comprehensive yet pithy... [This is] one of the best introductions to the philosopher.'