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John Dewey and American Democracy


reviewed by William M. Shea 1993

coverTitle: John Dewey and American Democracy
Author(s): Robert B. Westbrook
Publisher: Cornell University Press, Ithaca
ISBN: 0801481112, Pages: , Year: 1993
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Robert Westbrook, a University of Rochester historian of American political thought, has written a stunning interpretation of the importance of Dewey’s work to American political theory. The book is not quite a biography; a new biography, surely a multivolume work, must now be considered a priority. Taken together with Steven Rockefeller’s recent thorough and fascinating discussion of Dewey’s religious life and his thought on religion,1 Westbrook’s study provides us with the foundation necessary for a complete intellectual biography of Dewey. He divides his story into four periods: the unfolding of Dewey’s Hegelianism in Ann Arbor and the transformation of it into pragmatism in Chicago (“A Social Gospel: 1882-1904”); “Progressive Democracy: 1904-1918,” covering his first years at Columbia where he forged his public and academic reputation as the philosopher of democracy and education; “Toward the Great Community: 1918-1929,” the time during which Dewey argued that unless it involves direct participation of citizens... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 2, 1993, p. 283-285
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 139, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 3:36:07 AM

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