The Criticism Of Liberalism By John Dewey

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The meaning behind the title of the book starts with how John Dewy sees liberalism in society at this time. Dewey was a heavy critic about earlier liberalism because he felt it was too individualistic. One of the great Philosophers John Locke was heavily criticized by Dewey. He felt that John Locke’s temper was too individualistic to the point that it opposed organized social action. (Page16) Dewey Thought Locke did not account for the rising economic strides that the US would end up making where during his time it was more static but one hundred years later its more dynamic than imagined. (Page 18) Dewey believed that Social Action was the key to liberalism and not the endowment of it. In his view, early liberalism failed because social order could not be proclaimed by unplanned actions of certain individuals who were seeking an advantage for themselves. (Page 60) Dewey main objective was to bring upon a more radical liberalism, one that helped the individual more rather than society. This is one of the biggest meanings for the title of this book. John Dewey puts these aspects in perspective throughout the book and gives details about how Liberalism and Social action play a role with one another as well as how they relate to American intellectual and cultural history. Early liberalism consisted of “laisse-faire” economics. This basically means that the economy will sort itself out eventually and no action is taken to improve it and the government takes no further action

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