Leading scholars evaluate the importance of Dewey's work for our times.
In a pluralistic tapestry of approaches, eminent Dewey scholars address his pragmatic philosophy and whether it should be reinterpreted, reconfigured, or "passed-by," so as to better deal with the problems posed by the twenty-first century. For some, Dewey's contextualism remains intact, requiring more to be amended than radically changed. For others, his work needs significant revision if he is to be relevant in the new millennium. Finally, there are those who argue that we should not be so quick to pass Dewey by, for he has much to offer that has still gone unnoticed or unappreciated. This rich narrative indicates both where the context has changed and what needs to be preserved and nurtured in Dewey as we advance into the future.
William J. Gavin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of several books including Cuttin' the Body Loose: Historical, Biological, and Personal Approaches to Death and Dying and William James and the Reinstatement of the Vague. He is the editor of Context Over Foundation: Dewey and Marx.