Human Nature and Conduct

by John Dewey

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 137

Written in 1927 by the American philosopher John Dewey, Human Nature and Conduct is a non-fiction book on Philosophy. The book has no characters as such, but examines human nature in general.

In the book Dewey maintains that there is no such thing as a concrete truth, arguing that the nature of a truth changes as society and humans evolve. In order to create a free and just society, humans need to free their intelligence by creating a number of open ended alternatives. His idea is similar to a laboratory experiment where scientists observe and experiment with every presented opportunity.

At the centre of what Dewey calls these "warranted assertabilities" is democracy. He believes that without it humans and society don't have the ability to solve problems in a way that is truly beneficial to the human race.

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