A Common Faith: Second Edition

Paperback | August 27, 2013

byJohn DeweyIntroduction byThomas M. Alexander

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In A Common Faith, eminent American philosopher John Dewey calls for the “emancipation of the true religious quality” from the heritage of dogmatism and supernaturalism that he believes characterizes historical religions. He describes how the depth of religious experience and the creative role of faith in the resources of experience to generate meaning and value can be cultivated without making cognitive claims that compete with or contend with scientific ones. In a new introduction, Dewey scholar Thomas M. Alexander contextualizes the text for students and scholars by providing an overview of Dewey and his philosophy, key concepts in A Common Faith, and reactions to the text.
 

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In A Common Faith, eminent American philosopher John Dewey calls for the “emancipation of the true religious quality” from the heritage of dogmatism and supernaturalism that he believes characterizes historical religions. He describes how the depth of religious experience and the creative role of faith in the resources of experience ...

John Dewey (1859–1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer. Thomas M. Alexander is professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300186118

ISBN - 13:9780300186116

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“Alexander’s careful and imaginative introduction shows how Dewey both understood and respected human religious experience. Dewey’s insistence that core notions (e.g. religion, God) be recast reflects the still-urgent need of diverse and democratic citizenries to preserve  religious freedom, aesthetic experience, and social justice.”—David L. Hildebrand, University of Colorado, Denver