The Public and its Problems


The Public and its Problems is a 1927 book by American philosopher John Dewey. In this work, Dewey touches upon major political philosophy questions that have continued into the 21st century, specifically: can democracy work in the modern era? Is there such a thing as a "public" of democratic citizens, or is the public a phantom, as journalist Walter Lippmann argued in his 1925 book The Phantom Public (and to which The Public and its Problems was a direct response).

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