John Dewey's Ethics: Democracy As Experience

Paperback | July 2, 2008

byGregory Pappas

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John Dewey, widely known as "America's philosopher," provided important insights into education and political philosophy, but surprisingly never set down a complete moral or ethical philosophy. Gregory Fernando Pappas presents the first systematic and comprehensive treatment of Dewey's ethics. By providing a pluralistic account of moral life that is both unified and coherent, Pappas considers ethics to be key to an understanding of Dewey's other philosophical insights, especially his views on democracy. Pappas unfolds Dewey's ethical vision by looking carefully at the virtues and values of ideal character and community. Showing that Dewey's ethics are compatible with the rest of his philosophy, Pappas corrects the reputation of American pragmatism as a philosophy committed to skepticism and relativism. Readers will find a robust and boldly detailed view of Dewey's ethics in this groundbreaking book.

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John Dewey, widely known as "America's philosopher," provided important insights into education and political philosophy, but surprisingly never set down a complete moral or ethical philosophy. Gregory Fernando Pappas presents the first systematic and comprehensive treatment of Dewey's ethics. By providing a pluralistic account of mora...

Gregory Fernando Pappas is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. He is the author of numerous articles on the philosophy of William James and John Dewey. He has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship as well as the William James and the Latin American Thought prizes by the American Philosop...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.87 inPublished:July 2, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253219795

ISBN - 13:9780253219794

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Part 1. Moral Theory and Experience
1. Experience as Method
2. Moral Theory and Moral Practice
3. The Normative Standpoint of Pragmatism
Part 2. Dewey's View of Moral Experience
4. Morality as Experience
5. The "What" of Moral Experience
6. The "How" of Moral Experience
7. Character and Conduct: Dewey and the Great Divide in Ethics
8. Present Activity and the Meaning of Moral Life
9. Conclusion: The Need for a Recovery of Moral Philosophy
Part 3. The Ideal Moral Life
10. The Intelligent, Aesthetic, and Democratic Way of Life
11. The Ideal Moral Self
12. Democracy as the Ideal Moral Community
13. A Philosophical Justification of Democracy
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"[A] sporting analogy for ethics reinforces Pappas's essential point, that the best ethics for democracy emerge on the playing fields of experience. John Dewey's philosophy articulates that promise, while Gregory Pappas's work marks the maturing of the awareness of its relevance for modern democracies in search of themselves." -Journal of American Studies