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Dewey's Logical Theory
New Studies and Interpretations
Edited by F. Thomas Burke
Edited by D. Micah Hester
Edited by Robert B. Talisse
Author BioF. Thomas Burke is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina.
D. Micah Hester is assistant professor of biomedical ethics at Mercer University's School of Medicine.
Robert B. Talisse is assistant professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University.
Main DescriptionDespite the resurgence of interest in the philosophy of John Dewey, his work on logical theory has received relatively little attention. Ironically, Dewey's logic was his "first and last love." The essays in this collection pay tribute to that love by addressing Dewey's philosophy of logic, from his work at the beginning of the twentieth century to the culmination of his logical thought in the 1938 volume, Logic: The Theory of Inquiry. All the essays are original to this volume and are written by leading Dewey scholars. Ranging from discussions of propositional theory to logic's social and ethical implications, these essays clarify often misunderstood or misrepresented aspects of Dewey's work, while emphasizing the seminal role of logic to Dewey's philosophical endeavors.
This collection breaks new ground in its relevance to contemporary philosophy of logic and epistemology and pays special attention to applications in ethics and moral philosophy.
ReviewsThe material presented in this volume reflects a kind of sea-change in Dewey studies. It is not so much that these essays are uniformly positive or uncritical, for they are certainly not that. Their importance lies rather in the fact that serious scholarship on Dewey's logic, building on the solid advances won over the years by Thayer, Kennedy, Sleeper, Burke, and others, seems finally to have reached a critical mass. Perhaps even more important, when taken together these essays establish an important way-marker along a road that Dewey hoped his students would follow. They seek to push Dewey's ideas forward: to work out the consequences of his logic--his theory of inquiry--for a living philosophy.
--Larry A. Hickman, from the Foreword
Table of ContentsForeword by Larry A. Hickman
I. Situations, Experience, and Knowing
1. The Aesthetics of Reality: The Development of Dewey's Ecological Theory of Experience
2. Logic and Judgments of Practice
3. Experimental Logic: Normative Theory or Natural History?
4. The Logical Reconstruction of Experience: Dewey and Lewis
5. Dewey and Quine on the Logic of What There Is
II. Logical Theory and Forms
6. Prospects for Mathematizing Dewey's Logical Theory
7. Designation, Characterization, and Theory in Dewey's Logic
8. Dewey's Logical Forms
9. The Role of Measurement in Inquiry
10. Qualities, Universals, Kinds, and the New Riddle of Induction
III. Values and Social Inquiry
11. Achieving Pluralism (Why AIDS Activists Are Different from Creationists)
12. The Teachers Union Fight and the Scope of Dewey's Logic
13. Power/Inquiry: The Logic of Pragmatism