A ground-breaking introduction to one of America's most prominent philosophers
An icon of philosophy and psychology during the first half of the 20th century, Dewey is known as the father of Functional Psychology and a pivotal figure of the Pragmatist movement as well as the progressive movement in education.
This concise and critical look at Dewey’s work examines his unique take on morality, art, and religion, his naturalistic approach to science and psychology, and his contribution to political thought. The author of over forty books across a range of topic, Dewey’s legacy remains not only through the works he left us, but also through the institutions he founded, which include The New School for Social Research in New York City and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Hildebrand’s biography brilliantly interweaves the different strands of Dewey's thought, and examines the legacy he left behind.
“Comprehensive yet pithy… [This is] one of the best introductions to the philosopher.”
"Erudite, organized, and articulate. The key terms and concepts of Dewey’s major publications are identified, explained, and related to one another in ways that render his work highly accessible. A lucid and jargon-free introduction."
– Larry Hickman - Director of the Center for Dewey Studies
"Guides the beginner through the major areas of Dewey’s rich body of thought with clarity and insight."
– Richard Shusterman - Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, Florida Atlantic Universi
"Thoroughly admirable. A careful, sprightly, thorough, and distinctly helpful compendium of Dewey’s complex philosophical vision."
– Joseph Margolis - Professor of Philosophy, Temple University, and author of Reinventing Pragmatis