John Dewey and the Habits of Ethical Life
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John Dewey and the Habits of Ethical Life : The Aesthetics of Political Organizing in a Liquid World

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This book uses John Dewey to articulate discursive practices that would help citizens form better intellectual and moral relationships with a 'liquid' global political environment characterized by flexible accumulation, uneven development, and other phenomenon produced by what Frederic Jameson characterizes increased 'space-time compression.' These practices, derived from Dewey's aesthetic interpretation of thinking and effective classroom practice, form the basis of an 'ethical life' encouraging individuals to build meditative links between their particular interests and their more universal implications.show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739144642
  • 9780739144640

About Jason Kosnoski

Jason Kosnoski is assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan.show more

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For decades American students of social and political theory have looked to Europe for guidance and inspiration and have spent little or no time exploring the American tradition, except to dismiss most of it. Jason Kosnoski's trenchant analysis of John Dewey's aesthetics, epistemology and educational ideas argues that the American philosopher, John Dewey, deserves our attention, not only because he anticipates the writing of Habermas and Bauman, among others, but remains contemporary to our own times. What distinguishes this brilliant and balanced account is its clarity and persuasiveness. While making no attempt to provide a detailed refutation of Dewey's critics, Kosnoski's analysis, and careful avoidance of polemic constitutes, in effect, a commentary on the one-sidedness of Dewey criticism. One of the most original aspects of the book is its fertile use of Dewey's Art and Experience, thereby breaking down the wall between aesthetics and politics. -- Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY Graduate Center, author of From the Ashes of the Old: American Labor and America's Future This book does an excellent job bringing together the radical strands of Deweyan political theory and neo-Habermasian social thought, and will make a significant contribution to contemporary political theorizing on the possibilities of critique in a 'post-ethical world.' Kosnoski sketches a persuasive account of the radical nature of Dewey's thought, and emphasizes the importance of cultivating critical thinking as the primary method for reinvigorating contemporary democratic practice. This is more than an analysis of Dewey; rather, it provides an original account of democratic theory that differs from a number of existing approaches. I suspect this book will work well in graduate courses, advanced undergraduate courses, and as a source for scholarly research theorizing democratic practice. -- Ernesto Verdeja, University of Notre Dame This book advances the ambitious aim of constructing a concrete ethical life of democratic justice in the face of social liquidity. Such ambition raises the stakes...Kosnoski's innovative reading of Dewey and analysis of the lived experience of communication are highly valuable for anyone interested in democratic history. Political Theoryshow more

Table of contents

1 ABBREVIATIONS FOR FREQUENTLY CITED TEXTS 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 3 INTRODUCTION Chapter 4 1. MAPPING A LIQUID WORLD Chapter 5 2. NEO-HABERMASIAN SITTLICHKEIT AND SOCIAL MEDIATION Chapter 6 3. RECONSTRUCTION: SOCIAL MEDIATION IN A LIQUID SOCIETY Chapter 7 4. THE HABITS OF THINKING: LINKING ONESELF TO THE LIQUID WORLD Chapter 8 5. MAPPING THE LIQUID PUBLIC Chapter 9 6. THE CLASSROOM/ASSOCIATION AND THE TEACHER/ORGANIZER 10 CONCLUSION 11 BIBLIOGRAPHY 12 INDEXshow more

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