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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300186118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300186116
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thomas M. Alexander's deft introduction elegantly unfolds John Dewey's A Common Faith for a new generation of readers seeking novel answers for the ancient questions of ultimate concern"-Jim Garrison, Virginia Tech -- Jim Garrison "Professor Thomas Alexander's introduction to A Common Faith is an important reorientation of this book. Alexander makes a clear and convincing case for its centrality in Dewey's thought."-William T. Myers, Birmingham-Southern College -- William T. Myers "Alexander's careful and imaginative introduction shows how Dewey both understood and respected human religious experience. Dewey's insistence that core notions (e.g. religion, God) be recast reflects the still-urgent need of diverse and democratic citizenries to preserve religious freedom, aesthetic experience, and social justice."-David L. Hildebrand, University of Colorado, Denver -- David L. Hildebrand

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John Dewey (1859--1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer. Thomas M. Alexander is professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University.

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Taking seriously the function of religious attitudes 7 Jan. 2015
By Steven Fesmire - Published on Amazon.com
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Alexander's new introduction is essential reading for specialists and newcomers alike. Dewey was (and would today remain) puzzled by confrontational atheists who find their own private rejection of an obsolete form of supernaturalism to be worthy of much professional philosophical attention. Dewey’s A Common Faith (1934) appeared over a decade after he had lived for two-and-a-half years in East Asia (Japan, and then China). Though a critic of hierarchical collectivism in the Confucian model, Dewey had also imbibed what Roger Ames calls the human-centered religiousness that stands in relief against Western transcendental religion. To appreciate this perspective, imagine a Western theologian giving a lecture in China or Japan on the subject “Does God Exist?” The mostly empty room might surprise or trouble someone living in a geographic bubble, until a realization finally dawns that the question of a supernatural being’s existence is not essential philosophical terrain of universal import. Nonetheless, Dewey derided militant or confrontational forms of atheism that are “impious toward nature” and that contemptuously fail to take seriously the qualitative, psychologically adjustive dimension of religious experience.
On a Great little Book. 16 Oct. 2014
By Frank Braio - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the classic little works of John Dewey---one of the
great exponents of American pragmatism........
His 'naturalism' & theory of inquiry are central here.
So our common faith is Not theistic.....
[On the other hand, consider the work of Charles Peirce, the founder of American pragmatism. Tucked away in the many volumes of his writings is a short, beautiful paper entitled---'A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God.' Everyone assumed that
Peirce was a simple naturalist. That he wasn't.... But is his God 'transcendent'? There the arguments really begin.
We've come a long way since Dewey. But never neglect his writing on education. Or this little gem of a book.
To transcend his position, one at least must first know it. In that vein, I think of the writings of Bernard Lonergan.
For the rest, I leave it to the good offices of future readers of these great thinkers.
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