New York, Harper & Brothers, 1887 8vo. In the original full cloth binding with gilt lettering to spine. Top and bottom of spine with wear and light overall soiling. Internally fine and clean.
First edition of Dewey's landmark work - one of the earliest American original contributions to psychology - in which he reformulated psychology focusing more strongly on the social environment and on the activity of mind and behavior than the psychophysics-inspired physiological psychology.
This work "attempt to unite into a single system the neo-Hegelianism of Morris and the experimental psychology of Hall, or, as Dewey put it, to identify psychology with "philosophic method." During these years he moved toward a more liberal religious stance as well as toward what he would later term "instrumentalism," the view that ideas are tools for resolving and reconstructing problematic situations." (American national biography