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The Making of Modern Liberalism$
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Alan Ryan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148403

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.001.0001

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Deweyan Pragmatism and American Education

Deweyan Pragmatism and American Education

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(p.489) 25 Deweyan Pragmatism and American Education
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The Making of Modern Liberalism
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Alan Ryan

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.003.0026

This chapter examines the connection between John Dewey's pragmatism and his ideas about education, and how his conception of philosophy is related to his views about the character of modern society in general, and modern American society in particular. It first considers the difficulty that many readers have in knowing quite what Dewey wanted to say about philosophy, education, and many other subjects, before expounding on his educational ideas. The focus is on Dewey's early writings—that is, what he wrote during the ten years he was in Chicago and in the years immediately after that. The reason is that on education, these were the years of his greatest inventiveness, and thereafter he mostly defended himself against misunderstanding. On Dewey's politics, the chapter explores his views on American nationalism in the context of World War I.

Keywords:   pragmatism, John Dewey, education, philosophy, modern society, politics, nationalism, World War I

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