The Centrality of Dewey's Lectures in China to his Socio-Political Philosophy Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017, Indiana University. All rights reserved. I provide an analysis and reconstruction of Deweys Lectures in China that supports making the text central to understanding Deweys socio-political philosophy and the source of insights for any contemporary pragmatists approach to socio-political problems. Dewey is in these Lectures, for the first time, making explicit his methodological and normative commitments that would guide the rest of his career as a socio-political philosopher. Moreover, one finds in them the key building blocks to Deweys approach to the themes of injustice, conflict, the dynamics of power and dominationtopics that are important to understand his later writings and that can sharpen the critical and political teeth of Pragmatism.

published proceedings

  • Transactions of the Charles S Peirce Society

author list (cited authors)

  • Gregory Pappas.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • January 1987