Democracy and the Intersection of Religion

Democracy and the Intersection of Religion: The Reading of John Dewey's Understanding of Democracy and Education

Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 183
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    Democracy and the Intersection of Religion
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    How are ideas about education and democracy configured and reconfigured as they travel? Democracy and the Intersection of Religion looks at the work of John Dewey, the renowned philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, and the ways in which his educational ideas and democratic ideals have been configured and reconfigured, adopted, and interpreted in different historical and cultural spaces.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-8068-8
    Subjects: Philosophy

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-2)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. 3-16)

    John Dewey’s educational thought began to receive world-wide attention immediately after publication ofSchool and Societyin 1899. Scholars are only now beginning to chronicle and interpret this phenomenon. Recent books and articles attest to the significance of this new scholarship.¹ In this recent work, a central question asked of Dewey and Dewey’s uptake in differing political, social, cultural, linguistic, and bureaucratic contexts is, whither democracy?² This book begins with an analysis of Dewey’s background and his affinity with Protestant ideas as a way of opening avenues to understand why Dewey, in spite of what most philosophers refer to as...

  4. 1 Socialism or Protestant Democracy? The Pragmatist Response to the Perils of Metropolis and Modern Industry in the Late Nineteenth Century
    (pp. 17-43)

    Pragmatism, a specific mode of thinking, has a number of characteristic elements. One of the core elements is the idea that intelligent behavior is “adaptation of the organism to its surroundings” in order to maintain life.² In addition to mere “accommodation,” by which the individual assimilates and reproduces the existing environment, adaptation also includes “making over of the environment to meet the new demands on the part of the living individual.”³ While we find accommodation in nature and in primitive societies, progressive societies tend to direct their activities “toward securing an adaptation of the environment to the individual’s needs and...

  5. 2 Must Democratic Aims and Means Ally? A Historical-Philosophical Answer from an Unlikely Context
    (pp. 44-78)

    I begin this chapter with a political statement. The arrangement of democratic practices is an ongoing issue in educational theory, to judge by the amount of attention given in comparative and international education to the effects of globalization. Getting the right balance between cultural sensitivity on the one hand and viable programs to uphold social, personal, and institutional freedoms and responsibilities on the other is extremely difficult and contentious. Obviously, few openly wish for educational programs and practices that ride roughshod over the cultural sensibilities of those to whom the educational programs are directed. Yet, there is a very good...

  6. 3 Readings of the Pedagogy of John Dewey in Spain in the Early Twentieth Century: Reconciling Pragmatism and Transcendence
    (pp. 79-130)

    The turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century in Spain was characterized by a deep feeling of crisis that led to an attempt at national regeneration in which education was given a key role. At the end of the nineteenth century, many Spanish children were tremendously underprivileged: they were still a widespread source of cheap labour and attempts at providing elementary education to the general public had as yet met with little success.¹ To alleviate this situation, legislative and institutional measures were taken (such as the Ministry of Public Instruction and Fine Arts, created in 1900), based on important...

  7. 4 To those in “Heathen Darkness”: Deweyan Democracy and Education in the American Interdenominational Configuration – the Case of the Committee on Cooperation in Latin America
    (pp. 131-170)

    Protestants in the United States began to pay increasing attention to the cause of foreign missions as early as the nineteenth century. By the beginning of the twentieth century there were some ninety missionary societies at work as well as various global associations. In the 1880s, the debates around Christianization and civilization and the impact of modernism on mainline Protestantism had gradually changed into a broader political discussion that took place within the context of the social gospel and various progressive movements. The social gospel sought to apply the Christian message of salvation to society as well as to the...

  8. [Index]
    (pp. 171-176)