Human Nature and Conduct

ISBN-10: 0486420973

ISBN-13: 9780486420974

Edition: 2002

Authors: John Dewey
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Description: In John Dewey's classic the author argues for a morality based upon the study of human nature rather than upon disregard for it. The book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the role of the individual in society.

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

John Dewey was born in 1859 in Burlington, Vermont. He founded the Laboratory School at the University of Chicago in 1896 to apply his original theories of learning based on pragmatism and "directed living." This combination of learning with concrete activities and practical experience helped earn him the title, "father of progressive education." After leaving Chicago he went to Columbia University as a professor of philosophy from 1904 to 1930, bringing his educational philosophy to the Teachers College there. Dewey was known and consulted internationally for his opinions on a wide variety of social, educational and political issues. His many books on these topics began with Psychology (1887), and include The School and Society (1899), Experience and Nature (1925), and Freedom and Culture (1939).Dewey died of pneumonia in 1952.

Introduction
Contempt for human nature
Pathology of goodness
Freedom
Value of science
The Place of Habit in Conduct
Habits as Social Functions
Habits as functions and arts
Social complicity
Subject factor
Habits and Will
Active means
Ideas of ends
Means and ends
Nature of character
Character and Conduct
Good will and consequences
Virtues and natural goods
Objective and subjective morals
Custom and Habit
Human psychology is social
Habit as conservative
Mind and body
Custom and Morality
Customs as standards
Authority of standards
Class conflicts
Habit and Social Psychology
Isolation of individuality
Newer movements
The Place of Impulse in Conduct
Impulses and Change of Habits
Present interest in instincts
Impulses as re-organizing
Plasticity of Impulse
Impulse and education
Uprush of impulse
Fixed codes
Changing Human Nature
Habits the inert factor
Modification of impulses
War a social function
Economic regimes as social products
Nature of motives
Impulse and Conflict of Habits
Possibility of social betterment
Conservatism
Classification of Instincts
False simplifications
"self-love"
Will to power
Acquisitive and creative
No Separate Instincts
Uniqueness of acts
Possibilities of operation
Necessity of play and art
Rebelliousness
Impulse and Thought
The Place of Intelligence in Conduct
Habit and Intelligence
Habits and intellect
Mind, habit and impulse
The Psychology of Thinking
The trinity of intellect
Conscience and its alleged separate subject-matter
The Nature of Deliberation
Deliberation as imaginative rehearsal
Preference and choice
Strife of reason and passion
Nature of reason
Deliberation and Calculation
Error in utilitarian theory
Place of the pleasant
Hedonistic calculus
Deliberation and prediction
The Uniqueness of Good
Fallacy of a single good
Applied to utilitarianism
Profit and personality
Means and ends
The Nature of Aims
Theory of final ends
Aims as directive means
Ends as justifying means
Meaning well as an aim
Wishes and aims
The Nature of Principles
Desire for certainty
Morals and probabilities
Importance of generalizations
Desire and Intelligence
Object and consequence of desire
Desire and quiescence
Self-deception in desire
Desire needs intelligence
Nature of idealism
Living in the ideal
The Present and Future
Subordination of activity to result
Control of future
Production and consummation
Idealism and distant goals
Conclusion
The Good of Activity
Better and worse
Morality a process
Evolution and progress
Optimism
Epicureanism
Making others happy
Morals are Human
Humane morals
Natural law and morals
Place of science
What is Freedom?
Elements in freedom
Capacity in action
Novel possibilities
Force of desire
Morality is Social
Conscience and responsibility
Social pressure and opportunity
Exaggeration of blame
Importance of social psychology
Category of right
The community as religious symbol
Index
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