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The Political Philosophy of John Dewey
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Terry Hoy seeks to establish the enduring relevance of John Dewey's political philosophy. As Professor Hoy illustrates, Dewey focused on the distortions in American political thought resulting from the Lockean-Utilitarian tradition of classical liberalism; the growing standardization and quantification of American life; the erosion of traditional face-to-face communal public life; the manipulation of public opinion by mass media propaganda; and the ascendancy of capitalist economic priorities. Dewey was convinced that a corrective to such distortions would require a renascent liberalism requiring a radical change in the structure of American capitalism in order to achieve a reconciliation of freedom and equality. As Professor Hoy points out, while Dewey can be faulted for an overoptimism regarding political possibilities within the American political tradition, the distinctive merit of his contribution is his pragmatic approach to social reform that encompasses an imaginative vision, rooted in the actual potentialities of human nature, that can be a stimulus to the possibility of creative innovation. This is an important study for scholars and students of American political thought.
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Establishes the contemporary relevance of John Dewey's political philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview The Contradictions of Modernity and Reconstructive Orientation Naturalistic Humanism Democracy and Education Freedom and Equality Human Community and the Public Realm Bibliography Index

About the Author

TERRY HOY is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Simpson College. Professor Hoy has written or edited extensively in the general field of political theory.

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..." the book has much to recommend it, especially for those who have wondered how, for pedagogical purposes, to reduce Dewey's prolific political musings to digestible dimensions."-American Political Science Review "Hoy's scholarship is impeccable...His case for Dewey's lasting significance is both well reasoned and eminently reasonable. This little book is a big accomplishment."-Philosophy in Review ?Hoy's scholarship is impeccable...His case for Dewey's lasting significance is both well reasoned and eminently reasonable. This little book is a big accomplishment.?-Philosophy in Review ?... the book has much to recommend it, especially for those who have wondered how, for pedagogical purposes, to reduce Dewey's prolific political musings to digestible dimensions.?-American Political Science Review .,." the book has much to recommend it, especially for those who have wondered how, for pedagogical purposes, to reduce Dewey's prolific political musings to digestible dimensions."-American Political Science Review

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