The Public and Its Problems: An Essay in Political Inquiry

The Public and Its Problems: An Essay in Political Inquiry


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More than six decades after John Dewey’s death, his political philosophy is undergoing a revival. With renewed interest in pragmatism and its implications for democracy in an age of mass communication, bureaucracy, and ever-increasing social complexities, Dewey’s The Public and Its Problems, first published in 1927, remains vital to any discussion of today’s political issues.

This edition of The Public and Its Problems, meticulously annotated and interpreted with fresh insight by Melvin L. Rogers, radically updates the previous version published by Swallow Press. Rogers’s introduction locates Dewey’s work within its philosophical and historical context and explains its key ideas for a contemporary readership. Biographical information and a detailed bibliography round out this definitive edition, which will be essential to students and scholars both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804011662
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 628,643
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Melvin L. Rogers is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Emory University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Chronology ix

Editorial Note xiii

Introduction: Revisiting The Public and Its Problems Melvin L. Rogers 1

The Public and Its Problems: An Essay in Political Inquiry John Dewey 31

Foreword (1927) 33

Introduction (1946) 35

1 Search for the Public 41

2 Discovery of the State 60

3 The Democratic State 81

4 The Eclipse of the Public 101

5 Search for the Great Community 119

6 The Problem of Method 142

Notes 161

Bibliographical Note 177

Index 181

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