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John Dewey's philosophy of spirit with the 1897 lecture on Hegel
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Fordham University Press, 2010.


Physical Description:
xii, 197 p.
pt. 1. Dewey's philosophy of spirit -- pt. 2. Dewey's 1897 lecture on Hegel.
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Ebook XX(1460598.1) 1

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The question of how far Dewey's thought is indebted to Hegel has long been a conundrum for philosophers. This book shows that, far from repudiating Hegel, Dewey's entire pragmatic philosophy is premised on a "philosophy of spirit" inspired by Hegel's project. Two essays by Shook and Good defending this radical viewpoint are joined by the definitive text of Dewey's 1897 Lecture at the University of Chicago
on Hegel's Philosophy of Spirit. Previously cited by scholars only from the archival manuscript, this edited Lecture is now available to fully expose the basic concern shared by Hegel and Dewey for the full and free development of the individual in the social context. Dewey's and Hegel's philosophies are at the center of modern philosophy's hopes for advancing human freedom.

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Choice Review

Shook (Univ. of Buffalo) and Good (Lone Star College, North Harris, Texas) offer a book in two parts: the first, a set of interpretive essays by the coauthors and the second, John Dewey's 1897 lecture "Hegel's Philosophy of Spirit." Each of the interpretive essays is approximately 50 pages long. At stake in these essays is the question of the lasting import of Hegel's work for Dewey. The standard interpretation is that Dewey eschewed his early intellectual infatuation with Hegel in favor of his own pragmatic naturalism. Shook argues that this interpretation is misguided, for Dewey never left Hegel behind. Shook looks at the relationship between Dewey and Hegel in the context of Dewey's evolving conception of religious experience. Dewey's mature conception of social relations as continuous with the social environment and his allergy to metaphysical dualisms more generally are evidence of this continued influence. While Shook's essay focuses on the role of Hegel in the development of Dewey's thought, Good turns to a discussion of Dewey's 1897 lecture to assess its importance for Dewey's mature thought--his view of nature as a dynamic process analogous to Hegel's conception of the Absolute. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. C. R. McCall Elmira College