ERIC Number: EJ1048956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
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John Dewey's Theory of Growth and the Ontological View of Society
Popp, Jerome A.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v34 n1 p45-62 Jan 2015
John Dewey's famous early twentieth-century account of the relationship between education as growth and democratic societies, presented in Democracy and Education, was later rejected by him, because it failed to properly identify the role of societal structures in growth and experience. In the later Ethics, Dewey attempts to correct that omission, and adumbrates the argument required to reconstruct his theory, which is an appeal to the role of institutions in individual growth and experience. It is the contention of this paper that the inadequacy Dewey finds in his early account is more comprehensively explained by means of recent analyses in philosophy of society, especially John Searle's ontological analysis. Following in Dewey's direction, a more complete analysis of the role of society in the theory of growth is presented in terms of the deontological analysis of institutions. It is suggested that the current analyses in philosophy of society provide the means for the completion of Dewey's views of both growth and experience, making Dewey's account more useful today than it was a century ago.
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Individual Development, Institutional Role, Social Theories, Social Influences, Educational Philosophy, Experience, Democracy
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