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John Dewey and American Democracy

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Over a career spanning American history from the 1880s to the 1950s, John Dewey sought not only to forge a persuasive argument for his conviction that "democracy is freedom" but also to realize his democratic ideals through political activism. Widely considered modern America's most important philosopher, Dewey made his views known both through his writings and through suc ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published January 5th 1993 by Cornell University Press (first published June 1991)
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Ben
Aug 31, 2015 Ben rated it it was amazing
Westbrook writes against the dominant interpretation of Dewey as one of the founders of modern liberalism by placing him in the minority, on the radical wing of democratic theorists, someone whose influence is perhaps less, and certainly less mainstream than is normally thought.

Westbrook illustrates that Dewey supported Democracy as a means and not as an ends (though in following Deweyian thought, all first ends are actually means...) Democracy (not representative democracy, but full, participa
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Fish
Mar 24, 2012 Fish rated it it was amazing
Excellent intellectual history of "America's #1 philosopher!" Westbrook gives a somewhat apologetic, but critical leftist POV. Provides extensive, incredibly detailed, well researched connections primarily focused on John Dewey's Social Philosophy, somewhat to the exclusion of his influence in Education.
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