Dewey and the Ancients Essays on Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey

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  • Copyright: 2014-07-03
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Dewey's students at Columbia saw him as "an Aristotelian more Aristotelian than Aristotle himself."
However, until now, there has been little consideration of the influence Greek thought had on the intellectual development of this key American philosopher.

By examining, in detail, Dewey's treatment and appropriation of Greek thought, the authors in this volume reveal an otherwise largely overlooked facet of his intellectual development and finalized ideas. Rather than offering just one unified account of Dewey's connection to Greek thought, this volume offers multiple perspectives on Dewey's view of the aims and purpose of philosophy. Ultimately, each author reveals ways in which Dewey's thought was in line with ancient themes. When combined, they offer a tapestry of comparative approaches with special attention paid to key contributions in political, social, and pedagogical philosophy.

Author Biography

Christopher C. Kirby is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Eastern Washington University, USA

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Part I: Dewey and the Greek Tradition
1. John Dewey and Ancient Philosophies - The Unfinished Cultural Project, John P. Anton
2. Contemplating Physis: John Dewey and the Metaphysics of Nature, Thomas M. Alexander
3. Dewey and the Eros of Inquiry - Socratic Paradoxes, Ideal Cities and Political Animals, Christopher C. Kirby
Part II: Dewey and Plato
4. Let Education in the Cave: Reclaiming a Progressive Political Role for the Individual in a Modern Democracy, Vasiliki Karavakou
5. The Role of School in Society: Examining Plato and Dewey's Philosophy of Education, Philip S. Bishop
6. The Dialogues as Dramatic Rehearsal - Plato's Republic and the Moral Accounting Metaphor, Albert R Spencer
Part III: Dewey and Aristotle
7. Beyond Fixed Ends and Limited Moral Community - Virtue, the Social Self, and Care in Aristotle, Dewey, and Contemporary Feminism, Heather Keith
8. More Passions, More Problems - What Aristotle Knew About Passions that John Dewey Didn't, Brent Lamons
Part IV: Dewey and Hellenistic Thought
9.Dewey and the Stoics, John Lachs
10. Epicurean Pragmatism, Charles Hobbs

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