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Ideas of John Dewey, by Text

[American, 1859 - 1952, Born in Burlington.]

1910 The Middle Works (15 vols, ed Boydston)
12:181 p.85 The good people are those who improve; the bad are those who deteriorate
12:199 p.121 Democracy is the development of human nature when it shares in the running of communal activities
14:22 p.25 Habits constitute the self
15:176 p.111 Individuality is only developed within groups
4:180 p.45 The value and truth of knowledge are measured by success in activity
9:93 p.119 Democracy is not just a form of government; it is a mode of shared living
1926 works
p.123 Dewey argued long before Wittgenstein that there could not seriously be a private language [Orenstein]
1929 The Quest for Certainty
p.39 p.194 We want certainty in order achieve secure results for action
1930 The Later Works (17 vols, ed Boydston)
10:267 p.31 Mind is never isolated, but only exists in its interactions
11:287 p.103 Liberalism should improve the system, and not just ameliorate it
11:41 p.103 Liberals aim to allow individuals to realise their capacities
12:16 p.59 Knowledge is either the product of competent enquiry, or it is meaningless
12:16 p.61 No belief can be so settled that it is not subject to further inquiry
4:7 p.40 The quest for certainty aims for peace, and avoidance of the stress of action
6:19 p.1 Philosophy is the study and criticsm of cultural beliefs, to achieve new possibilities
9:29 p.198 'God' is an imaginative unity of ideal values
9:53 p.183 We should try attaching the intensity of religious devotion to intelligent social action
9:57 p.202 The things in civilisation we prize are the products of other members of our community
9:7 p.189 Religions are so shockingly diverse that they have no common element