John Dewey and The Philosopher's Task

reviewed by Michael Glassman - 2003

coverTitle: John Dewey and The Philosopher's Task
Author(s): Philip W. Jackson
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807741655, Pages: 119, Year: 2002
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Philip Jackson performs a valuable service (actually more than one) in his new book John Dewey and The Philosopher’s Task.The philosophical baseline of this book is an exploration of Dewey’s conception of “experience” as presented in one of his most important (Jackson says it may be the most important) philosophic renderings, Experience and Nature.  The exploration of this concept takes on a literary quality, foreshadowed in the title, because Dewey wrote four versions of the introductory chapter to this book.  There is an inherent mystery in this, why four versions of a chapter that is supposed to explain perhaps Dewey’s most basic concept?  Why did a philosopher of such deep convictions feel the need to revise and revise yet again, until he determined to replace the very word he held so closely in his work, “experience”, with the word “culture?”  Within these obvious mysteries Jackson finds more subtle questions.  What exactly did Dewey see as the philosopher’s task?  And how did he reconcile his admiration for the simple... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 160-163 ID Number: 10910, Date Accessed: 11/25/2020 6:02:16 AM

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