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Reconstruction in Philosophy

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"A modern classic. Dewey's lectures have lost none of their vigor … The historical approach, which underlay the central argument, is beautifully exemplified in his treatments of the origin of philosophy." — Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
"It was with this book that Dewey fully launched his campaign for experimental philosophy." — The New Republic.
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Published June 11th 2004 by Dover Publications (first published 1919)
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Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Dewey is my intellectual hero, so taking up one of his works is always a distinct pleasure for me. There is no other thinker at this point in my life who can challenge and delight me the way Dewey does; his philosophy is deeply contemplative but also distinctly practical, and his insights reflect the intellectual milieu of his particular moment in time (early 20th century) while also addressing perennial problems that hamper human communities regardless of their place in history.

Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Much to my surprise, John Dewey has become one of my favorite philosophers. In this text, he radically reconstructs Western philosophy, dissolving problematic dualisms and calling out the problems--that have preoccupied boring philosophers for far too long--as pseudo-problems, which really have no relevance to what is going on today. Instead, philosophy ought to concern itself with pressing social and political problems, and unite with scientific inquiry as a method for addressing these issues. ...more
Rachel Williams
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Dewey's book is an attempt to articulate an alternative vision of what philosophy would look like if it completely eradicated all and not just some remainders of our ancient, superstitious mode of thinking and was instead reconstructed according to the philosophical-scientific movement known as American Pragmatism. Dewey's reconstructed philosophy would be less sterile and abstract and more focused on diligently applying intelligent, scientific thought towards solving the various ills that ...more
A schematic polemical overview of his pragmatism.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dewey is at his best being critical of both the rationalist and empiricism schools. Using Bacon's axiom knowledge is power, Dewey uses sciences ability to wrestle with dogma that the world is a closed system. For Dewey science allows us an avenue to reconstruct philosophy to be practical and open to the changing social landscape we live in while attempting to offer solutions to problems we face. His call for what he terms intelligence is a little suspect but moves away from a Hegel self ...more
Jeffrey Albrecht
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dewey criticizes philosophers for failing to approach current issues, preferring instead to continue dragging out age old topics that have little relevance to currently pressing issues.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
My introduction to Dewey in a Senior Seminar while and Undergrad.
William A Warner Jr
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book helped throw a cleaver into the philosophical mindset I was in because Dewey find a practical solution for philosophy. Its great to sit and think about the ideal all day and debate about the perfect state but it's better to know how to use philosophy realistically to help one live a better life. A life of action. This also inspired me to brush up on Plato and Aristotle.
Rasmus Tillander
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Date le mie scarse conoscenze filosofiche mi è difficile esprimere un parere sulle posizioni di Dewey in merito alle finalità e ai metodi della filosofia da lui auspicati.
In sintesi mi pare un tentativo di dare "nuovo lustro" all'indagine filosofica indicando il metodo sperimentale delle scienze naturali come nuovo paradigma metodologico, e nel contempo fornire una giustificazione epistemologica all'idea di democrazia.
Ho trovato molto interessante e "intrigante" la sua ricostruzione della
Kyle Winkler
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fundamental reading in pragmatism. Everyone says this, but it's worth repeating: DEWEY WAS NOT A STYLIST. End of
story. No need to beat the rotting corpse of this argument's horse. Now, getting on with the point: Dewey is read to move on.

From pg. 123:

"Modern philosophic thought has been so preoccupied with these puzzles of epistemology and the disputes between realist and idealist,
between phenomenalist and absolutist, that many students are at a loss to know what would be left for philosophy
Bob Woodley
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A easy-to-read and pithy summary of Dewey's pragmatism across philosophical domains (ethics, metaphysics, social relations, etc). He discards the accretions of 20 centuries of philosophy, and presents a contemporary approach suitable for America in the 20th century. He eschews absolutes in favor of particulars and moves us away from the realm of nit-picking over imaginary metaphysical cosmos in favor of dealing with problems in the here and now.

A great writer, with good pacing and clear
Matthew Dayton Cavallaro
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just a caveat about my rating: the philosophical arguments and ideas presented in this book would get five stars from me, because not only do I find them appealing, I also think they are right. However, the writing style seems to me extremely clunky, and I would give it only three stars if I were being generous. Hence the four star rating from me.
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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 ...more
“Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature. They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry. ” 51 likes
“Personality must be educated, and personality cannot be educated by confining its operations to technical and specialized things, or to the less important relationships of life. Full education comes only when there is a responsible share on the part of each person, in proportion to capacity, in shaping the aims and policies of the social groups to which he belongs.” 5 likes
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