Dewey Reconfigured

Essays on Deweyan Pragmatism

Edited by Casey Haskins & David I. Seiple

Subjects: Pragmatism
Series: SUNY series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Paperback : 9780791443200, 254 pages, October 1999
Hardcover : 9780791443194, 254 pages, October 1999

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Table of contents

Casey Haskins

1. Dewey and Democracy
James Campbell

2. The Undeclared Self
Victor Kestenbaum

3. The Fortunes of "Functionalism"
J. E. Tiles

4. Embodied, Encultured Agents
Vincent M. Colapietro

5. Theology as Healing: A Meditation on A Common Faith
Douglas R. Anderson

6. Dewey's Romanticism
Casey Haskins

7. The Art of Moral Imagination
Steven Fesmire

8. The Nemesis of Necessity: Tragedy's Challenge to Deweyan Pragmatism
Raymond D. Boisvert

9. The Private and Its Problem: A Pragmatic View of Reproductive Choice
Eugenie Gatens-Robinson

10. Dewey on Experience: Foundation or Reconstruction?
Richard Shusterman

11. Of Depth and Loss: The Peritropaic Legacy of Dewey's Pragmatism
Daniel W. Conway



Addresses recent perspectives central to the interpretation and criticism of Dewey’s philosophy.


Eleven essays, all but one appearing here for the first time, offer a spectrum of recent critical perspectives on issues central to the philosophy of John Dewey and to what is now known as Deweyan pragmatism. The contributors focus on classically Deweyan concerns such as the nature of experience, selfhood, ethics, education, aesthetics, and democracy, as well as on the relation of those concerns to recent debates concerning feminism, epistemological foundationalism, and the nature of the pragmatist legacy.

[Contributors include Douglas R. Anderson, Raymond Boisvert, James Campbell, Vincent M. Colapietro, Daniel W. Conway, Steven Fesmire, Eugenie Gatens-Robinson, Casey Haskins, Victor Kestenbaum, Richard Shusterman, and J. E. Tiles. ]

Casey Haskins is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purchase College, State University of New York. David I. Seiple is an educational consultant in New York City and WebEditor of Philosophy's Labyrinth.


"John Dewey hoped that his philosophy would be constantly reevaluated and interpreted in light of present and changing conditions. These essays are faithful to this important task, and are also an important contribution to the resurgence of interest in Dewey's philosophy as a tool of philosophical and cultural criticism. " — Gregory F. Pappas, Texas A & M University

"The authors take a fresh, contemporary approach to Dewey's pragmatism and its relationship to important and interesting issues in both philosophy and life more generally. " — Shannon Sullivan, The Pennsylvania State University