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The Political Theory of John Dewey


reviewed by Fred Brown 1971

coverTitle: The Political Theory of John Dewey
Author(s): A. H. Somjee
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 208, Year: 1968
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In one sense this work is a promise betrayed. Respecters of Dewey's thought are aware of the extreme scarcity of works, critical or otherwise, which stem from a genuine understanding of his philosophy. Any contribution to remedy this situation would be welcome, since critical appraisal and assimilation of Dewey's philosophy are delayed not so much by honest rejection of his work as by the persistence of those misapprehensions which occurred throughout his career. In truth the promise evoked is stated more clearly in Richard McKeon's careful and generous foreword than by Somjee himself, whose very title is enough to raise eyebrows among Dewey scholars. Dr. McKeon begins with a remarkably fair statement of Dewey's thought in relation to politics. He even remarks that the philosopher ". . . lived to see the development of international politics and the United Nations after the second World War . . .," a bit of information apparently unavailable to some of Dewey's more "contemporary" critics, who have made commonplace the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 1, 1971, p. 143-145
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1630, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 5:15:18 AM

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