Reconstructing Democracy, Recontextualizing Dewey: Pragmatism and Interactive Constructivism in the Twenty-First Century [NOOK Book]

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Focusing on issues of diversity, difference, and inclusion, leading scholars explore John Dewey's pluralistic, deliberative, and communicative theory of democracy. They discuss the tensions between Dewey's two criteria for a democratic society found in Democracy and Education; critique and recreate Deweyan democratic pluralism from a contemporary European perspective that acknowledges the importance of postmodern and poststructuralist thought; examine Dewey's theory of inquiry in ways that illuminate his thinking...
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Reconstructing Democracy, Recontextualizing Dewey: Pragmatism and Interactive Constructivism in the Twenty-First Century

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Overview

Focusing on issues of diversity, difference, and inclusion, leading scholars explore John Dewey's pluralistic, deliberative, and communicative theory of democracy. They discuss the tensions between Dewey's two criteria for a democratic society found in Democracy and Education; critique and recreate Deweyan democratic pluralism from a contemporary European perspective that acknowledges the importance of postmodern and poststructuralist thought; examine Dewey's theory of inquiry in ways that illuminate his thinking about the deliberative functions of democracy; and probe the communicative aspects of democracy, emphasizing how emotions and interests both help and hinder communication. These essays challenge, revise, and reinvigorate Deweyan thinking, offering guidance for deeply democratic remedies to the fears, ontological wounds, and practical needs that characterize our problematic times.
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Reading Dewey through the eyes of postmodern theories of social/interactive constructivism, these essays not only speak to issues of identity and power that Dewey elided, they speak directly to each other in a conversation about how democracy can become more deeply embedded in all aspects of experience.— CHOICE

"This is a major collection of distinguished scholars in the field."— Thomas M. Alexander, coeditor of The Essential Dewey: Pragmatism, Education, Democracy

"There are many people who understand the big three of pragmatism-Peirce, James, Dewey-and appreciate the inspirational rhetoric of that tradition but who have trouble translating those philosophical giants into contemporary contexts. This volume does so admirably."— Michael Sullivan, Emory University"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791477809
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 293 KB

Meet the Author

Jim Garrison is Professor of Philosophy and Education at Virginia Tech. His many books include The Educational Conversation: Closing the Gap (coedited with Anthony G. Rud Jr.), also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Reconstructing democracy and recontextualizing Deweyan pragmatism Jim Garrison Garrison, Jim 1

Ch. 1 The political philosophy of pragmatism James Campbell Campbell, James 19

Ch. 2 Dr. Dewey's deeply democratic metaphysical therapeutic for the post-9/11 American democratic disease : toward cultural revitalization and political reinhabitation Judith Green Green, Judith 31

Ch. 3 Democracy and education after Dewey - pragmatist implications for constructivist pedagogy Kersten Reich Reich, Kersten 55

Ch. 4 Dewey's pluralism reconsidered - pragmatist and constructivist perspectives on diversity and difference Stefan Neubert Neubert, Stefan 89

Ch. 5 Evolutionary naturalism, logic, and lifelong learning - three keys to Dewey's philosophy of education Larry A. Hickman Hickman, Larry A. 119

Ch. 6 Thinking desire : taking perspectives seriously Charlene Haddock Seigfried Seigfried, Charlene Haddock 137

Ch. 7 A pragmatist approach to emotional expression and the construction of ender identity Jim Garrison Garrison, Jim 157

Ch. 8 Moral norms and social inquiry Hans Seigfried 185

List of contributors 201

Index 205

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