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ERIC Number: EJ912441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4908
Dewey and Cosmopolitanism
Hansen, David T.
Education and Culture, v25 n2 Article 12 2009
Many people rightly consider John Dewey a distinctively American thinker. He was born into a time-honored New England culture. He was educated in American schools. He lived and worked virtually his entire life in the United States. He had a lifelong respect for American traditions in poetry, literature, philosophy, and more. He was active in political and cultural movements, ranging from the protection of free speech to the right of teachers to unionize. For over a century his educational philosophy has influenced educators across the fifty states. He has had a wide-ranging impact on several streams of American thought, among them pragmatism. There is at least one other Dewey, however, fused with his familiar American avatar. This Dewey expressed in his writing a deep and abiding interest in the world writ large. This Dewey enunciated ideas and points of view as a philosopher in and of the world: as if the provenance of his thought had no national or otherwise predetermined boundaries, and as if the meanings in his thought were not preshaped by wherever his desk and typewriter happened to be. This Dewey was cosmopolitan. In this article, the author sketches some aspects of this claim. After providing a brief account of cosmopolitanism, the author focuses upon Dewey's philosophy of education where many of his cosmopolitan impulses come most generatively alive. (Contains 32 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
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