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The public and its problems,

Author: John Dewey
Publisher: New York, H. Holt and Company [©1927]
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Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
Public and its problems.
New York, H. Holt and Company [©1927]
(OCoLC)793816753
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Dewey
OCLC Number: 952588
Notes: "This volume is the result of lectures, delivered during the month of January, nineteen hundred and twenty-six, upon the Larwill foundation of Kenyon college, Ohio."
Description: vi, 224 pages 20 cm
Contents: Chapter I. Search for the public --
Divergence of facts and theoretical interpretations concerning the nature of the state --
Practical import of theories --
Theories in terms of casual origin --
Theory in terms of perceived consequences --
Distinction of private and public substituted for that of individual and social --
The influence of association --
Plurality of associations --
Criterion of the public --
Function of the state --
The state as an experimental problem --
Summary --
II. Discovery of the state --
Public and state --
Geographical extent --
Multiplicity of states --
Spread of consequences --
Law is not command --
Law and reasonableness --
The public and long-established habits of action --
Fear of the new --
Irreparable consequences --
Variation of state functions according to circumstances of time and place --
State and government --
State and society --
The pluralistic theory --
III. The democratic state --
Private and representative roles of officials --
Selection of rulers by irrelevant methods --
The problem of control of officials --
Meanings of democracy --
Fallacy as to origin of democratic government --
Influence of non-political factors --
The origin of "individualism" --
Influence of the new industry; the theory of "natural economic laws --
James Mill's philosophy of democratic government --
Criticism of "individualism" --
Criticism of antithesis of natural and artificial --
Wants and aims as functions of social life --
Persistence of pre-industrial institutions --
Final problem --
IV. Eclipse of the public --
Local origin of American democratic government --
National unification due to technological factors --
Submergence of the public --
Disparity of inherited ideas and machinery with actual conditions --
Illustrations of resulting failures --
Problem of discovering the public --
Democracy versus the expert --
Explanation of eclipse of public --
Illustrated by the World War --
Application of criteria of the public --
Failure of traditional principles --
Political apathy accounted for --
Need of experts --
Rivals of political interest --
Ideals and instrumentalities --
V. Search for the great community --
Democracy as idea and as governmental behavior --
Problem of the Great Community --
Meaning of the democratic ideal --
Democracy and community life --
Community and associated activity --
Communication and the community --
Intellectual conditions of the Great Community --
Habit and intelligence --
Science and knowledge --
Limitations upon social inquiry --
Isolation of social inquiry --
Pure and applied science --
Communication and public opinion --
Limitations of distribution of knowledge --
Communication as art --
VI. The problem of method --
Antithesis between individual and social as obstruction to method --
Meaning of individual --
Where opposition lies --
Meaning of absolutistic logic --
Illustration from doctrine of "evolution" From psychology --
Difference of human and physical science --
Experimental inquiry as alternative --
Method and government by experts --
Democracy and education by discussion --
The level of intelligence --
The necessity of local community life --
Problem of restoration --
Tendencies making for reestablishment --
Connection of this problem with the problem of political intelligence.
Responsibility: by John Dewey.

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