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Cheryl Misak, ed. The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy . New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Pp. xiii + 642. ISBN: 978-0-19-921931-5.

Cheryl Misak, ed. The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy . New York: Oxford University Press,... politics in his writings about religion and morality, so much so that A Common Faith is described as a treatise for social interactions. Such an attempt, to place religious language within the language of democracy, loses the radical religious insights that Dewey offers. Second, while I find Rogers's book both sound and well written, I am not sure how persuasive it is. It is true that a fresh perspective can bring new insight, but only if the reader retains a sort of openness akin to the first day he or she met Dewey. This is no small task for any reader; it might even be impossible. The kind of openness required for Rogers's book to be persuasive is the same kind that, perhaps, could prevent the very same debate that the book addresses. I think Rogers has done a fantastic job outlining the uses and abuses of Dewey's notion of inquiry. He defends Dewey brilliantly while still allowing room for growth; he also avoids turning Dewey into an indomitable and infallible figure. This book participates within the larger Dewey scholarship while also staying practical enough to serve as a guide book for social change. Rogers achieves this balance http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Cheryl Misak, ed. The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy . New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Pp. xiii + 642. ISBN: 978-0-19-921931-5.

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 8 (1): 215 – Apr 21, 2011

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politics in his writings about religion and morality, so much so that A Common Faith is described as a treatise for social interactions. Such an attempt, to place religious language within the language of democracy, loses the radical religious insights that Dewey offers. Second, while I find Rogers's book both sound and well written, I am not sure how persuasive it is. It is true that a fresh perspective can bring new insight, but only if the reader retains a sort of openness akin to the first day he or she met Dewey. This is no small task for any reader; it might even be impossible. The kind of openness required for Rogers's book to be persuasive is the same kind that, perhaps, could prevent the very same debate that the book addresses. I think Rogers has done a fantastic job outlining the uses and abuses of Dewey's notion of inquiry. He defends Dewey brilliantly while still allowing room for growth; he also avoids turning Dewey into an indomitable and infallible figure. This book participates within the larger Dewey scholarship while also staying practical enough to serve as a guide book for social change. Rogers achieves this balance

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Published: Apr 21, 2011

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