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Dewey's Logical Theory

New Studies and Interpretations

F.Thomas Burke (editor) D.Micah Hester (editor)
Robert Talisse (editor)
Larry A. Hickman (foreword)

ISBN: 9780826513946

Publication Date: Apr 2002

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

The essays in this collection, all written by Dewey scholars, pay tribute to Dewey's logical theories, ranging from his work at the beginning of the 20th century to the culmination of his logical thought in the 1938 volume, "Logic: The Theory of Inquiry".

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Despite the resurgence of interest in the philosophy of John Dewey, his work on logical theory has received relatively little attention. Ironically, Dewey's logic was his "first and last love." The essays in this collection pay tribute to that love by addressing Dewey's philosophy of logic, from his work at the beginning of the twentieth century to the culmination of his logical thought in the 1938 volume, Logic: The Theory of Inquiry. All the essays are original to this volume and are written by leading Dewey scholars. Ranging from discussions of propositional theory to logic's social and ethical implications, these essays clarify often misunderstood or misrepresented aspects of Dewey's work, while emphasizing the seminal role of logic to Dewey's philosophical endeavors. This collection breaks new ground in its relevance to contemporary philosophy of logic and epistemology and pays special attention to applications in ethics and moral philosophy.


The material presented in this volume reflects a kind of sea-change in Dewey studies. It is not so much that these essays are uniformly positive or uncritical, for they are certainly not that. Their importance lies rather in the fact that serious scholarship on Dewey's logic, building on the solid advances won over the years by Thayer, Kennedy, Sleeper, Burke, and others, seems finally to have reached a critical mass. Perhaps even more important, when taken together these essays establish an important way-marker along a road that Dewey hoped his students would follow. They seek to push Dewey's ideas forward: to work out the consequences of his logic-his theory of inquiry-for a living philosophy.-Larry A. Hickman, from the Foreword
Illustrations bibliography, index
Pages 336
Date Published 30 Apr 2002
Publisher Vanderbilt University Press
Series Vanderbilt Library of American Philosophy
Subject/s Western philosophy, from c 1900 -   Philosophy: logic  

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