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Public and Its Problems An Essay in Political Inquiry

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ISBN-10: 0271055707

ISBN-13: 9780271055701

Edition: 2012

Authors: John Dewey, Melvin L. Rogers

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The revival of interest in pragmatism and its practical relevance for democracy has prompted a reconsideration of John Dewey's political philosophy. Dewey's The Public and Its Problems (1927) constitutes his richest and most systematic meditation on the future of democracy in an age of mass communication, governmental bureaucracy, social complexity, and pluralism. Drawing on his previous writings and prefiguring his later thinking, Dewey argues for the importance of civic participation and clarifies the meaning and role of the state, the proper relationship between the public and experts, and the source of democracy's legitimacy. These themes remain as important today as they were when Dewey first engaged them, and this is the work to which scholars consistently turn when assessing Dewey's conception of democracy and what might be imagined for democracy in our own time.In this carefully annotated edition, Melvin L. Rogers provides an introductory essay that elucidates the philosophical and historical background of The Public and Its Problems while explaining the key ideas of the book. He also provides a biographical outline of Dewey's life and bibliographical notes to assist student and scholar alike.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 9/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Editorial Note
Introduction: Revisiting The Public and Its Problems
The Public and Its Problems: An Essay in Political Inquiry
Foreword (1927)
Introduction (1946)
Search for the Public
Discovery of the State
The Democratic State
The Eclipse of the Public
Search for the Great Community
The Problem of Method
Bibliographical Note