Category Archives: Dewey

Re-reading Dewey through the lens of complexity science

This paper rereads John Dewey’s works in the light of complexity theory and self-organizing systems. Dewey’s pragmatic inquiry is posited as inspirational for developing a logic of education and learning that would incorporate novelty and creativity, these artistic elements being part and parcel … Continue reading

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Enactive Education – Dynamic Co-emergence, Complexity, Experience, and the Embodied mind

The potential of a broad enactive approach in education has yet to be realized. This thesis contributes to the development of a well-rounded enactive educational theory and practice. This thesis argues that a broad enactive perspective has the potential to … Continue reading

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Moral Development and Democratic Schooling

Democratic participation in schooling is a rather recent phenomenon. Early American educators clearly did not intend nor believe that students should have a voice in their own education. The colonial school was authoritarian, teacher-directed, and often punitive. The meaning of  … Continue reading

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The Role of Intuition in Thinking and Learning: Deleuze and the pragmatic legacy

How can this theorizing help us in an actual educational setting? The teacher’s task in a classroom, then, in order to get things moving, will become one of providing the appropriate conditions, as Firstness, under which something new would be … Continue reading

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Communication, Modernity and Democracy in Habermas and Dewey

Read Alone among Frankfurt School critical theorists,  Habermas has critically appropriated pragmatist motifs. Although the Habermas-Dewey connection has been generally neglected,  significant similarities as well as important differences appear in their work. Both theorists share, with Aristotle, Mead, Gadamer, and … Continue reading

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Communication, Democratization, and Modernity – critical reflections on Habermas and Dewey

Read Alone among Frankfurt School critical theorists, Habermas has critically appropriated pragmatist motifs. Although the Habermas-Dewey connection has been generally neglected, significant similarities as well as important differences appear in their work. Both theorists share, with Aristotle, Mead, Gadamer, and … Continue reading

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Method and its Culture – An Historical Approach

Viewer “Imposing an alleged uniform general method upon everybody breeds mediocrity” – Dewey. In the above quote, John Dewey, like others such as his contemporary A.N. Whitehead, worries about imposing a uniform general method––much akin to what educators do in … Continue reading

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