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The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy and Other Essays in Contemporary Thought
1st Edition
John Dewey. Edited by Larry A. Hickman. Introduction by Douglas Browning
280 pages, 6 x 9.25

About the Book

Presenting Dewey’s new view of philosophical inquiry

This critical edition of The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy and Other Essays in Contemporary Thought presents the results of John Dewey’s patient construction, throughout the previous sixteen years, of the radically new view of the methods and concerns of philosophical inquiry. It was a view that he continued to defend for the rest of his life.

In the 1910 The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy and Other Essays in Contemporary Thought—the first collection of Dewey’s previously published, edited essays—John Dewey provided readers with an overview of the scope and direction of his philosophical vision in one volume. The order in which the eleven essays were presented was a reverse chronology, with more recently published essays appearing first. The collection of eleven essays offered a detailed portrait of Dewey’s proposed reconstruction of the traditional concepts of knowledge and truth. It furthermore elaborated on how his new logic and his proposal regarding knowledge and truth fit comfortably together, not only with each other but also with a pragmatically proper understanding of belief, reality, and experience.

Because material in the Collected Works of John Dewey, 1882–1953 was published chronologically, however, the essays published together in the 1910 Darwin book have appeared in seven different volumes in the Collected Works. This new, critical edition restores a classic collection of essays authored and edited by John Dewey as they originally appeared in the volume. The edition is presented with ancillary materials, including responses by Dewey’s critics and an introduction by Douglas Browning.   


Larry A. Hickman, the director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is the author of Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture: Putting Pragmatism to Work, Modern Theories of Higher Level Predicates: Second Intentions in the Neuzeit, and John Dewey’s Pragmatic Technology, a recipient of a Choice Outstanding Academic Book award.

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