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Human Nature and Conduct

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  139 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
"In this compelling work of philosophy, John Dewey explores the development of personal character and how one interacts with society. Relying on human physiology and psychology as evidence, he investigates how we make moral choices, cope with our surroundings, and act resourcefully. He explains that these social functions spring from natural, moral foundations, as he descr ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published August 18th 2008 by Barnes & Noble (first published November 30th 1921)
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عمرو عبدالحميد
لفتت نظري في المعرض صورة الراجل الوقور الجميل ده وبقرأ العنوان قولت حلو كتاب تاني هيأكد وجهة نظري ورؤيتي للإنسان وسلوكه وكده, لكن اللي حصل غير كده.

اقدر اقول إن الكتاب ده سبب في تغيير جوهري جديد في رؤيتي للناس وللحياة, ومن أقوى الكتب المتسقة مع نفسها وقادر يغطي كل جوانب الموضوع برؤية متكاملة مفيهاش تناقض والأهم من ده كله واقعية وعملية, كنت بقرأ لناس زي المسيري بحس بتكتيف المسيري بيدي ملاحظات بس اللي هو في آخر الكتاب طب نعم وبعدين هنعمل ايه, مفيش !
الراجل ده هنا كمل كل حاجه وسد معظم الفجوات اللي كا
Mar 31, 2012 Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I'm so glad I finally decided to read this book in its entirety. It proves every bit as inspirational as I remember and more. Perhaps I just haven't read enough philosophy, but I'm surprised that this book isn't heralded as a key moment in American philosophy, if not Western philosophy altogether. Too many great moments and arguments to relate, all in lucid, evocative prose. Dewey's interpretation of Kant's Categorical Imperative is wonderful, and for the first t ...more
Robin Friedman
May 21, 2014 Robin Friedman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Together with Charles Peirce, William James, and Josiah Royce, John Dewey forms part of an outpouring of American thought in the early 20th Century frequently called the "golden age of American philosophy". Peirce, James and Dewey founded and taught variations of philosophical pragmatism while Royce, heavily influenced by pragmatism, was closer to philosophical idealism. I have read less of Dewey than of the three companion thinkers.

Dewey (1859 -- 1952) lived a long, active life during which he
tartaruga fechada
Nov 09, 2014 tartaruga fechada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The only ones who have the right to criticize "radicals" -- adopting for the moment that perversion of language which identities the radical with the destructive rebel -- are those who put as much effort into reconstruction as the rebels are putting into destruction. The primary accusation against the revolutionary must be directed against those who having power refuse to use it for ameliorations. They are the ones who accumulate the wrath that sweeps away customs and institutions in an undiscr ...more
Nick Allen
Sep 03, 2014 Nick Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you don't mind wading through Dewey's dense vocabulary and sentence construction, Human Nature and Conduct provides an interesting critique of and alternative to the Platonic, Utilitarian, and religious conceptions of morality and progress.
Ed Summers
Apr 24, 2015 Ed Summers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book came recommended by Steven Jackson when he visited UMD last year. I'm a fan of Jackson's work on repair, and was curious about how his ideas connected back to Dewey's Human Nature and Conduct.

I've been slowly reading it, savoring each chapter on bus rides to work since then. It's a lovely & wise book. Some of the language puts you back into 1920s, but the ideas are fresh and still so relevant. I'm not going to try to summarize it here. Let's just say it is a very hopeful book and p
Bob Nichols
Apr 16, 2011 Bob Nichols rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Coming out of the age of Darwin, Dewey acknowledges biological nature by noting the obvious (e.g., where "body organs" like hunger and sex are involved), but then moves to his real point, which is that culture forms our human nature in the way that it really counts. "A plastic human nature" he says, "takes form "because of its social environment". Nature provides the raw material for human nature (impulses) but impulses and character are formed by culture and habit, which are the "ways of using ...more
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
Dewey's logical and accessible inquiry into the realm of human nature is superb reading. I remember thoroughly enjoying this book. Dewey looks at human nature from an environmental as well as habitual/custom standpoint and doesn't fall into an essentialist position regarding human nature from a biological deterministic perspective. He is wildly liberatory and that energy is contagious. To me, it means that we, humans, are not essentially evil creatures bent on chaos and destruction, but rather h ...more
Mark Haag
Nov 05, 2009 Mark Haag rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So in progress....Dewey Rocks!

This book is taken from a series of lectures given in 1918. I had to remind myself of that as I read because Dewey seems to anticipate and clarify some of the cul-de-sacs that philosophers and psychologists were still wandering around lost in (until functional MRI's).

More to follow.

Still, more of a review to follow. Bumped the book up to a five after finding it once again and reading another chapter.

Feb 05, 2016 Bebo is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
مقدمة المترجم مشوقة أكثر من مقدمة الكاتب نفسه مقدمة الكاتب محتاج اقراها أكثر من مرة لأنها محتاجة فهم وهضم .
إن انشغال الفكر المستمر بميدان مثالي ينبت مرض السخط بالظروف المحيطة أو يثير انسحابا لا غناء فيه إلى دنيا داخلية ينظر فيها إلى الحقائق على أنها عادلة
this book is life changing... for me at least. if i were the tattooing kind, i would tattoo passages from Dewey on my body. the problem would be choosing which ones. there are too many beautiful and important passages. i would run out of skin.
Dec 08, 2008 eesenor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dewy explains how humans develop through the reconstruction of habits.
This book changed my life.
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John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey, along with Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, is recognized as one of the founders of the philosophy of pragmatism and of functional psychology. He was a major representative of the progressive and progressive populist philosophies of schooli ...more
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