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Human Nature and Conduct

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri...more
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published December 31st 2008 by Barnes & Noble (first published November 30th 1921)
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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
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...more
Nick Allen
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.
Bob Nichols
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
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.

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.
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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