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John Dewey's Essays in Experimental Logic

John Dewey's Essays in Experimental Logic

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John Dewey. Edited by D. Micah Hester, and Robert B. Talisse. Introduction by Tom Burke


Hardcover (Other formats: E-book)
344 pages, 6 x 9.25


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Offering a new edition of Dewey’s 1916 collection of essays

This critical edition of John Dewey’s 1916 collection of writings on logic, Essays in Experimental Logic—in which Dewey presents his concept of logic as the theory of inquiry and his unique and innovative development of the relationship of inquiry to experience—is the first scholarly reprint of the work in one volume since 1954. Essays in Experimental Logic, edited by D. Micah Hester and Robert B. Talisse, uses the authoritative texts from the Collected Works of John Dewey, 1882–1953 (published by Southern Illinois University Press) and includes as well articles from leading journals representing various contemporary schools of philosophy that criticized Dewey’s experimentalism.

Culling materials from six volumes of the chronologically arranged Collected Works, this single-volume edition of Essays marks a crucial point in Dewey’s intellectual development: one in which Dewey critically engages idealistic and intuitionist theorists and lays the groundwork for his mature theory of inquiry. The text includes a new introduction by renowned Dewey scholar Tom Burke that places Essays in philosophical and historical context. In addition to the original essays, Essays in Experimental Logic also features five critical essays by Dewey’s contemporaries, including Bertrand Russell, Wendell T. Bush, R. F. Alfred Hoernlé, H. T. Costello, and C. S. Peirce.


D. Micah Hester, an assistant professor of medical humanities at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is the coauthor of On James and the author of Community as Healing: Pragmatist Ethics in Medical Encounters.

Robert B. Talisse, an assistant professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, is the coauthor of On James and the author of Democracy after Liberalism.