Introduction
Retrieving a ‘Global’ American Philosopher
in John Dewey

American Philosopher, John Dewey's world appears to be alien to contemporary concerns about rampant globalization and the need to move democracy beyond the confines of the nation state to regulate a runaway world. It might seem rather bizarre to claim that a return to the work of Dewey can offer a greater appreciation of globalization and global democracy at the start of the twenty-first century. Dewey's philosophy can be seen as an earlier incarnation of the democratic spirit that Richard Rorty evoked when he sought to show how intellectual labour could help American citizens to 'achieve our country'. Whilst Dewey's political philosophy was a creature of late nineteenth century and early twentieth-century America, it was more importantly about America in a globalized and interdependent world, or rather what Dewey called 'The Great Society'. The chapter presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book.

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John Dewey

The Global Public and Its Problems

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