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Principles of Instrumental Logic: John Dewey's Lectures in Ethics and Political Ethics, 1895-1896
edited by Donald F Koch
Southern Illinois University Press, 1998
Cloth: 978-0-8093-2173-5 | Paper: 978-0-8093-2845-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-8721-2
Library of Congress Classification BJ1571.D47 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 170


John Dewey delivered two sets of related lectures at the University of Chicago in the fall quarter 1895 and the spring quarter 1896. Designed for graduate students, the lectures show the birth of Dewey’s instrumentalist theory of inquiry in its application to ethical and political thinking.

From 1891 through 1903, Dewey attempted to develop a revolutionary experimentalist approach to ethical inquiry, designed to replace the more traditional ways of moral theorizing that relied on the fixed moral knowledge given in advance of the situations in which they were applied. In the lectures on the logic of ethics, he sets forth and defends the view that the "is" in a moral judgment such as "This is good" is a coordinating factor in an inquiry. Although the subject matter of the lectures is highly technical, its significance is paramount. It provides the key to and opens the door for a theory that preserves the difference between strictly scientific inquiry and moral inquiry even while it provides a "scientific treatment" of the latter.


Donald F. Kochis a professor emeritus of philosophy at Michigan State University. Heis coeditor of Pragmatism and the Problem of Race.

  • Contents 
    • Preface
    • A Note on Editorial Methods
    • Abbreviations of Dewey's Published Works
    • Part One. 
    • Lectures on the Logic of Ethics: Fall Quarter 1895
      • Editor's Introduction to the Lectures on the Logic of Ethics
        • Introduction
      • An Analysis of Judgment
        • Chapter 1. 
        • How Are Subject and Predicate Connected by the Copula?
        • Chapter 2. 
        • The Problem with Empirical and Idealist Theories
        • Chapter 3. 
        • The Significance of Tension and the Coordinating Function of the Copula
        • Chapter 4. 
        • Intellectual, Aesthetic, and Moral Value
        • Chapter 5. 
        • Reconciliation of Scientific and Moral Views of the World
        • Chapter 6. 
        • Criticism of the Separation Between Self and God
      • The Logic of the Ethical Judgment Proper
        • Chapter 7. 
        • Interpretation of the Central Moral Categories
        • Chapter 8. 
        • The Empirical Theory Concerning Origin and Nature of the Moral Judgment
        • Chapter 9. 
        • Criticism of Intuitionalism
        • Chapter 10. 
        • The Logic of the Formation of Ideals
        • Chapter 11. 
        • Standards as Perfection in the Practical Sense
        • Chapter 12. 
        • Badness and Negative Judgment
        • Chapter 13. 
        • The Nature of the Categories of Responsibility
      • Notes
    • Part Two. 
    • Lectures on Political Ethics: Spring Quarter 1896
      • Editor's Introduction to the Lectures on Political Ethics
        • Chapter 1. 
        • General Considerations of the Nature of the Course: The Antagonism Between Politics, Ethics, and Economics
        • Chapter 2. 
        • Turning Dualisms into Distinctions: Society/Nature, Subject/Predicate, Organism/Environment
        • Chapter 3. 
        • Individuality and the Cosmic Process: Consciousness as a Device for Turning Objects into Stimuli
        • Chapter 4. 
        • Putting Content into Social Consciousness: Objects as Indicative (Organism) or Appropriative (Tools)
        • Chapter 5. 
        • The Individual as Instrument of Social Development: No Essential Opposition Between the Individual and Society
        • Chapter 6. 
        • Competition Replaces Conflict in the Development of Wider Associations
        • Chapter 7. 
        • Is Society an Organism?
        • Chapter 8. 
        • Relation of Individual Organ to Organism as Whole
        • Chapter 9. 
        • Three Social Sciences: Economics, Politics, Ethics
        • Chapter 10. 
        • Structure of Social Organization
        • Chapter 11. 
        • Political Sovereignty: Legal, Moral, Popular, National
        • Chapter 12. 
        • The Moral and the Legal as Phases in the Reconstruction of the Ethical
        • Chapter 13. 
        • Classifications of Rights and Duties
        • Chapter 14. 
        • Rights in Particular
        • Chapter 15. 
        • Competition and Education as Factors in the Selection and Evolution of Social Callings
        • Chapter 16. 
        • Permanent Associations
      • Notes
    • Works Cited in Dewey's Lectures
    • Index

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