Dewey and the Ancients: Essays on Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey

2014.12.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher C. Kirby (ed.), Dewey and the Ancients: Essays on Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey,
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2014.12.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher C. Kirby (ed.), Dewey and the Ancients: Essays on Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey, Bloomsbury, 2014, 208pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9871472510556. Reviewed by Scott F. Aikin, Vanderbilt University Christopher Kirby's edited volume brings together eleven new essays focused on John Dewey's readings and critical appropriations of ancient philosophy. While there is much to like about this volume, there is also much to question. The essays are distributed among four topics: Dewey and the Greek Tradition, Dewey and Plato, Dewey and Aristotle, and Dewey and Hellenistic Thought. Most of the essays focus on Dewey's inheritance from Plato and/or Aristotle. There are only two essays on the intersection with Hellenistic philosophy (the Epicureans and the Pyrrhonists). This leaves the Stoics and Academics completely ignored, which seems a serious lacuna given the Stoics'. . .

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