John Dewey, Robert Pirsig, and the Art of Living: Revisioning Aesthetic Education / Edition 1

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This book explores the writings of philosopher and educator John Dewey in order to develop an expansive vision of aesthetic education and everyday poetics of living. Robert Pirsig's best-selling book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, provides concrete examples of this compelling yet unconventional vision.

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Editorial Reviews

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"David Granger's insightful, wide-ranging inquiry contributes to humanity's long-standing tradition of philosophy as a quest for meaning and artful purpose. The book will appeal to all who care about education, philosophy, art, and literature, and about how these domains can fruitfully intersect."—David T. Hansen, Professor and Director, Program in Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
"A dazzling performance. Granger employs a rich mixture of philosophy and literature to illuminate for us all the aesthetic potential of ordinary experience."—Philip W. Jackson, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago

"What do Robert Pirsig's immensely popular Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Lila have in common with John Dewey's vision of aesthetic education? David Granger's shocking answer is—everything, and he can prove it, establishing his parallels with academic rigor and playful pizzazz."—Jim Garrison, Professor of Philosophy of Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403974020
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/17/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Granger is Associate Professor of Education, Ella Cline Shear School of Education, The State University of New York at Geneseo.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Dewey, Pirsig, and the Primacy of Lived Experience
• Dewey's and Pirsig's Metaphysics
• Metaphysics at Work
• Dewey's and Pirsig's Aesthetics
• Pragmatist Aesthetics and Romanticism
• The Poetics of Cultural Renewal
• The Poetics of Personal Renewal
• Learning and Teaching Art as Experience

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