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Liberalism and Social Action [Ebook] ➦ Liberalism and Social Action By John Dewey – Thomashillier.co.uk In this one of Dewey's most accessible works he surveys the history of liberal thought from John Locke to John Stuart Mill in his search to find the core of liberalism for today's world While liberals In this one of Dewey's most accessible works he surveys the history of liberal thought from John Locke to John Stuart Mill in his search to find the core of liberalism for today's world While liberals of all stripes have held to some very basic values liberty individuality and the critical use of intelligence earlier forms of liberalism restricted the state function to protecting its citizens while allowing free reign to Liberalism and Epub / socioeconomic forces But as society matures so must liberalism as it reaches out to redefine itself in a world where government must play a role in creating an environment in which citizens can achieve their potential Dewey's advocacy of a positive role for government a new liberalism nevertheless finds him rejecting radical Marxists and fascists who would use violence and revolution rather than democratic methods to aid the citizenry.

  • Paperback
  • 93 pages
  • Liberalism and Social Action
  • John Dewey
  • English
  • 13 October 2016
  • 9781573927536

10 thoughts on “Liberalism and Social Action

  1. Illiterate Illiterate says:

    When Dewey discusses aesthetics religion politics he evokes a rational movement towards harmonious wholes thus adopting a sappy progressivism

  2. Renee Renee says:

    Five stars because I will reread and consider it an important addition to my library As its content is from lectures it doesn’t read as well as it could if given literary structure That said it is foundational in nature and gives the reader something from which to build through independent study if interested in exploring the subjects furtherHis conclusion is that liberalism needs to recover its historic value through its genesis of responding to the changing needs of society and not constricting itself to what was done in the past to solve problems Society changes and liberalism must respond in kind with new ideas and solutions not dependence on what has always been done if that old solution no longer works Obvious yes but look around you This 1935 publication is relevant today He eschews violence propaganda and all manipulation of the political persuasion

  3. Sean Sullivan Sean Sullivan says:

    Ah John Dewey oh voice of reasonable engagement with Hegel and logic Why does no one talk about you much any? At the risk of sounding old fashioned I will say that I think there is lot to be said for Dewey and his brand of pragmatism Maybe we can blame Richard Posner on him but I still think there is something there This is the only book of his I have read and frankly it was a little while ago now Maybe I should go back and revisit the guy

  4. Barron Barron says:

    I give up This book is brilliant It doesn't seem brilliant when you're reading it instead it seems vague and unanchored but the ideas that first seemed unrevelatory stick in your mind and I keep thinking it's like a central puzzle piece that I'm glad I found because I needed it to fill an important gap What a guy Dewey

  5. Vassiliki Souladaki Vassiliki Souladaki says:

    As a pragmatist philosopher Dewey holds the priority of experience over theoryHe believes in the primacy of democracy as civic experimentation though action that takes place not only in the political arena but also in other social domains such as school the workplace and civil associations where individuals get involved and learn to practice democracyDewey’s liberalism binds the individualism of the American liberal tradition with the reformist spirit of the European Social DemocracyThe book “Liberalism and Social Action” brings together three lectures given at the University of Virginia in 1935 In these lectures he surveys the history of liberalism by focusing on the causes of the crisis that liberal democracy was facing in the United States in the early 20th centuryIt is very important to note that through his criticism of liberalism Dewey does not aim to deconstruct liberalism as an idea  He does not reject individualismOn the contrary he highlights all the positive aspects of the fundamental virtues of initiative independence free choice and responsibility which shaped the history of mankindHis primary objective is to trace the lost meaning of liberalism to identify all of its forgotten elements and bring them into line with the reuirements of his timeHe therefore attaches particular importance to the work of John Locke whom he considers as the founder of the evolution of the various persuasions of liberalism due to the particular emphasis he placed on individualism and freedomLocke believed that individual liberty is somehow guaranteed because it is built into the very nature of things as part of the rational essence of human nature Thus the State’s role should be limited as a mere guardian of this “natural” and fixed freedomDewey refused to ground liberalism in such a metaphysical doctrine of inalienable rights As he rejected a fixed world of essences and was insisting instead on change and the plasticity of the worldHe was highly critical to Locke’s approach arguing that the basic thought behind this view gradually led to the formation of a negative perception concerning the role of the government which was was eventually treated as the worst enemy of individual freedom“Classical liberalism” that is liberalism in its original historical form once successfully completed its early stage ended up in crisis when contemporary societies were confronted with the problem of new social organizationLiberalism was found absolutely unprepared to respond to the new changing circumstances  For Dewey the “Achilles’ heel” of liberalism lies in the inability to understand and adapt to the changing circumstances of the modern worldThis is due both to the embrace of the extreme version of «laissez faire» and brute individualism and secondly due to the fact that the values developed by early liberals were established as eternal truths as doctrines regardless of time and thus eliminating any historical relevanceThis lack of historicity the entrenchment in static concepts which corresponded in other times and in other circumstances led to the perpetuation of outdated institutions and models who completely ignored the fact of the temporary relativity of conceptsThis in turn resulted in the construction of a social doctrine that for Dewey does have parallels with political authoritarianismThe lack of new institutional framework also resulted in the liberation of some social groups which gained wealth and privilegesOn the other hand however other social groups were condemned in ineuality and exploitationThese were the circumstances which militated against Dewey’s underlying belief that real individual liberty is guaranteed and maintained only through euality in economic conditionsThe pragmatist philosopher was not limited to criticism He believed that liberalism could be revived provided it would abandon the “eternal truths” dogmatism and stand critically against the heritage of principles corresponded to other times and realize that they are no longer functionalAnother reuirement was to realize that in order to have any future liberalism as an idea should be redefined and become historically and socially adaptiveAfter realising the historical relativity a constant struggle is essential in order to ensure the positive freedoms of individuals Eually essential however is a creative experimentation realized through the active sustained and collective action of the citizens in a process of exploring imaginary possibilities

  6. Conor Conor says:

    Succinct yet thorough history of modern Liberalism the split between the old and new Liberals and a nuanced engagement with Marx He argues the way forward if we don't want to fall into chaos is to divert social control of economic production to the state so as to allow the material conditions of society to be eualized and therefore the opportunity to be present for each individual to develop themselves and be creative though the problem with Liberalism is there is no agreed upon goal of this development what people should be nor why individuals are the foci of it Overall good I will read Dewey

  7. BadWhiteBoy89 BadWhiteBoy89 says:

    This surveys the movement toward liberalism Before the industrial revolutionWoman and civil rightsPeople didn't have common decencyThese pioneers of human rightsPushed the boundary of social orderTrying to create a forgiving trustingCaring worldNishe and ww2 brought and end to itNialist and athiestStill some seek liberal change

  8. Scott Ford Scott Ford says:

    The ultimate place of economic organization in human life is to assure the secure basis for an ordered expression of individual capacity and for the satisfaction of the needs of man in noneconomic directions p 88 Dewey characterized laissez faire perspective on the economy as a beginning level stage of economic development and those who advocated for such perspective as reactionary whose work to develop policy reflecting laissez faire philosophy in effect damaged social development Dewey advocated for innovative solutions for contemporary conditions stating Remaking of the old through union with the new is precisely what intelligence is p 56 Views expressed by Dewey acknowledge the complexity of a modern world and the fluid conditions of a contemporary and ever changing society He writes Nothing is blinder than the supposition that we live in a society and world so static that either nothing new will happen or else it will happen because of the use of violence p 61

  9. Steve Hart Steve Hart says:

    This is an impressive short read that everyone should spend time with For me it was helpful to have elucidated the historical progression from the pre industrial revolution Lockeianlaissez faire mode of liberalism that uickly became the entrenched american status uo to the next generational utilitarian mode of liberalism thanks to Bentham and the Mills that took hold in Europe in the early nineteenth century that roughly forms the basis of post deal america By interpolation this also implicitly explains why Europe always seems to be a generation or two ahead of us in its form of social democracy While obviously i would like to see an effective scientifically grounded social organizational structure imposed on our society these lectures are too concise for the details of this business Instead they focus on the moral imperative of reconciling classical liberalism and modern liberalism by reclaiming the idea that both are intended to release the powers of the truly free individual Good weekend read

  10. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Very uick read that summarizes Dewey's view of the meaning and purpose of liberalism in a democratic society In it he offers a historical account of the development of liberalism an account of the crisis of liberalism ie liberalism as formulated in pre industrial societies is incapable of addressing the social problems associated with industrial societies and a prescription for a new radical liberalism that is capable of addressing the problems of our time People with little familiarity with Dewey could get a lot out of this book However it's best understood in light of his previous works on habit intelligent and experimental method Human Nature and Conduct and The uest for CertaintyDewey wrote this book in 1935 but it's still remarkably applicable to our political and social problems now

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