The Chicago pragmatists and American progressivism /
Andrew Feffer.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1993.
xi, 279 p.
0801425026 (alk. paper)
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Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1993.
0801425026 (alk. paper)
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Fisher copy: With dust jacket.
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Gift; Michael Walsh; 2015; RB323567.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-12:
Feffer (history, Union College, Schenectady) has examined with care and understanding a significant school of thought and group of thinkers in early 20th century America. He begins by tracing the development of the ideas and theories of John Dewey, George H. Mead, and James H. Tufts, in particular, before they became members of the philosophy department at the new University of Chicago. In the second section of the book, Feffer considers the development of pragmatist thought during the years of John Dewey's chairmanship of the department, 1894-1904. The third major section traces the activities and intellectual work of the remaining members of the department following Dewey's departure, and carries the story up to the beginning of the post-WW I era. Some of the material will be familiar to those with a general knowledge of the settlement house movement and of John Dewey's work with the University Laboratory School. Feffer is especially clear and concise in his analysis of the Chicago school system controversy and the place of vocational education within that system. A thoughtful conclusion assesses the faults and virtues of Chicago pragmatism. There is a tendency to bog down in philosophical jargon and the word "immanent" seems overused, but on balance, this is a good study of an important and interesting group. Scholars in the field will find the footnotes useful and extensive, but may regret the lack of a separate bibliography. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty. P. L. Silver; Johnson State College
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In this superb book, Andrew Feffer has provided us with the best account we have of this school and its thought and has placed the work of the Chicago philosophers in a set of illuminating contexts. . . . An important addition to a growing and increasingly sophisticated literature on pragmatism and its possibilities.-Robert B. Westbrook, History of Education Quarterly
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction The Two Souls of Chicago Pragmatismp. 1
God in Christp. 18
Early Yearsp. 28
From Socialized Church to Spiritualized Societyp. 67
Labor Is the House Love Lives inp. 91
The Educational Situationp. 117
The Reflex-Arcp. 147
The Working Hypothesis and Social Reformp. 159
Between Head and Handp. 179
Splitting Up the Schoolsp. 194
Between Management and Laborp. 212
A Cloud of Witnessesp. 236
The Twilight of Cooperationp. 251
Indexp. 271
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