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The Middle Works of John Dewey, Volume 6: Journal Articles, Book Reviews, Miscellany in the 1910-1911 Period, and How We Think
by John Dewey
edited by Jo Ann Boydston
introduction by H. S. Thayer and V. T. Thayer
Southern Illinois University Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-8093-2801-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-3162-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8093-0835-4
Library of Congress Classification LB875.D75 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 370.1


William James, remarking in 1909 on the differences among the three leading spokesmen for pragmatism—himself, F. C. S. Schiller, and John Dewey—said that Schiller’s views were essential­ly “psychological,” his own, “epistemo­logical,” whereas Dewey’s “panorama is the widest of the three.”

The two main subjects of Dewey’s essays at this time are also two of the most fundamental and persistent philo­sophical questions: the nature of knowl­edge and the meaning of truth. Dewey’s distinctive analysis is concentrated chiefly in seven essays, in a long, sig­nificant, and previously almost un­known work entitled “The Problem of Truth,” and in his book How We Think. As a whole, the 1910–11 writings il­lustrate especially well that which the Thayers identify in their Introduction as Dewey’s “deepening concentration on questions of logic and epistemology as contrasted with the more pronounced psychological and pedagogical treat­ment in earlier writings.”

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