Individualism Old and New (Great Books in Philosophy)
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America's most renowned social philosopher John Dewey shines his powerful intellect on the serious public and cultural issues surrounding the place of the individual in a technologically advanced society. In this penetrating study, he addresses the fear that personal creative potential will be trampled by assembly-line monotony, political bureaucracy, and an industrialized culture of uniformity. Armed with his pragmatic approach and his belief in the power of critical intelligence, Dewey argues that individualism has in fact been offered a uniquely higher plane of technological development upon which to grow, mature, and redefine itself.
About the Author
John Dewey (1859-1952) authored more than two dozen books and scores of articles in both scholarly and popular publications. He rightly deserves the title of America's foremost philosopher and his work will influence intellectuals throughout the world for many years to come.
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The "Individual" is not a Metaphysical Atom
By Gary L. Herstein
A tightly argued work, this is one of Dewey's best, pointing out the hypocrisies of both classical liberalism and contemporary libertarianism, with their fatuous concepts of the "individual."
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One of the best philosophical socialist books
You wouldn't think it, but this little baby packs a huge radical punch. Written in 1929 after the Depression set in it's Dewey's testament on what he thought society would have to do to solve that kind of systemic problem and survive. What comes out from Dewey's experiential philosophy is a radical critique of individualism that fit's into the category today of "Council Communism" or "Autonomous Marxism", meaning socialism which is concieved according to Marxist type theory but is realized according to radically democratic and workerist means. A forgotten gem, read this and then absorb the liberatory potential of the rest of Dewey's many philosophical works.
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Individualism Old and New
By Mark A. Roberts
Dewey's analysis is timeless. This could almost have been written yesterday. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in American politics.