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Author Eldridge, Michael.

Title Transforming experience : John Dewey's cultural instrumentalism / Michael Eldridge
Edition First edition
Published Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 1998
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 236 pages)
Series The Vanderbilt library of American philosophy
Vanderbilt library of American philosophy.
Contents Introduction: Dewey's Lifelong Effort -- Dewey's Project -- My Project -- Intelligent Practice: Dewey's Project -- Rorty's Challenge -- Dewey's Natural Intelligence -- Intelligence as an End-in-View: The Philosophic Move -- Experience and Its Possibilities -- Transforming Society: Dewey's Cultural Instrumentalism -- Misreading Dewey -- The Dewey-Niebuhr "Debate" -- Dewey and the Means for Social Reconstruction -- "Genuine Instrumentality" and Democratic Means -- Dewey's Limited Success -- A Transforming Society: Democratic Means and Ends -- Dewey as a Political Inquirer -- Ordered Richness -- Instrumentalism and Ideals in Dewey -- Looking Ahead: A Matter of Faith -- Dewey's Religious Proposal -- Handling Dewey's Religious Proposal with Care -- Dewey's Faith -- A Common Faith -- Religion: Not Dewey's Problem -- The Secularity of Deweyan Criticism -- Dewey's Secular Approach -- Social Intelligence and Secular Humanism -- The Limitations--Real and Alleged--of Dewey's Instrumentalism -- "Thoughtful Valuation" and the Cultural Orientation of Dewey's Instrumentalism
Summary "In Transforming Experience, Michael Eldridge defines what is central to Dewey's philosophy as "cultural instrumentalism," a version of pragmatism that understands thinking to be a tool for dealing with life's problems. For Dewey, philosophy's primary role is to develop this tool to better society and its members. In particular, Eldridge shows how this central aim of Dewey's philosophy applies specifically to the political and religious aspect of human experience." "While acknowledging and building upon the work of previous Dewey scholars, Eldridge distinguishes his own contributions by systematically concentrating on Dewey's core purpose of promoting intelligent action. In so doing, he makes the case that some Dewey scholars have misunderstood the implications of Dewey's elevation of the "problems of men" above the "problems of philosophers." Eldridge's opening chapters provide an overview of Dewey's thinking and explain common misreadings of Dewey, particularly his instrumentalism. Later chapters relate this instrumentalism to his secular philosophy and confront his controversial use of a reconstructed religious language." --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 224-229) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
Instrumentalism (Philosophy)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585146845 (electronic bk.)
9780585146843 (electronic bk.)
(paperback; alk. paper)