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ERIC Number: EJ912438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4908
More than "Mere Ideas": Deweyan Tools for the Contemporary Philosopher
Stengel, Barbara
Education and Culture, v25 n2 Article 9 2009
John Dewey was born into a world ripe for philosophical reconstruction, as scientific advancement, technological innovation, and social reinterpretation reconfigured the intellectual landscape. Dewey rendered his world intelligible through three important "moral ideas": (1) The voice and the perspective of "the other" is an essential source for understanding; (2) The practice of intelligence requires a logic of continuity; and (3) What "is" matters in the construction of what can and ought to be. These moving ideas, these tools, are familiar to contemporary scholars--critical theorists, feminists, and scientists respectively--who claim them as their own while any link to Dewey is obscured or ignored. In this article, the author explores Dewey's early recognition of these tools. She suggests that Dewey speaks in a voice that can still be heard today precisely because these seemingly new ideas were embedded in his philosophical, pedagogical, and relational habits of mind. However, the author does so--and concludes--with the caution that "doing Dewey" requires a dynamic rather than static approach to philosophic ideas as heuristic habits are always subject to reconstruction. The author begins with some relevant observations about Dewey's biography. (Contains 38 notes.)
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Language: English
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