This critical edition of The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy and Other Essays in Contemporary Thought , edited by Larry A. Hickman, presents the results of John Dewey's patient construction, over sixteen years, of the radically new view of the methods and concerns of philosophical inquiry. It was a view that he continued to defend for the rest of his life. In the 1910 The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy and Other Essays in Contemporary Thought - the first collection of Dewey's previously published, edited essays - Dewey provides readers with an overview of the scope and direction of his philosophical vision in one volume. The order of the eleven essays is a reverse chrology, with the later essays appearing first. The collection offers a detailed portrait of Dewey's proposed reconstruction of the traditional concepts of kwledge and truth. It furthermore elaborates on how his new logic and his proposal regarding kwledge and truth fit comfortably together, t only with each other but also with a pragmatically proper understanding of belief, reality, and experience. Because The Collected Works of John Dewey, 1882-1953 was published chrologically, however, the essays of the 1910 Darwin book also appear in over six volumes in the Collected Works. This new definitive edition restores a classic collection of essays authored and edited by John Dewey as they originally were published. The edition is presented with ancillary materials, including responses by Dewey's critics and his replies, and an introduction by Douglas Browning.
Larry A. Hickman, the director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is the author of Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture: Putting Pragmatism to Work, Modern Theories of Higher Level Predicates: Second Intentions in the Neuzeit, and John Dewey's Pragmatic Technology, a recipient of a Choice Outstanding Academic Book award.