A Companion to John Dewey's "Democracy and Education" (Hardback)
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A Companion to John Dewey's "Democracy and Education" (Hardback)

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Hardback 184 Pages / Published: 03/02/2017
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This year marks the centenary publication of John Dewey's magnum opus, Democracy and Education. Despite its profound importance as a foundational text in education, it is notoriously difficult and dare we say it a little dry. In this charming and often funny companion, noted philosopher of education D. C. Phillips goes chapter by chapter to bring Dewey to a twenty-first-century audience. Drawing on over fifty years of thinking about this book and on his own experiences as an educator he lends it renewed clarity and a personal touch that proves its lasting importance. Phillips bridges several critical pitfalls of Democracy and Education that often prevent contemporary readers from fully understanding it. Where Dewey sorely needs a detailed example to illustrate a point and the times are many Phillips steps in, presenting cases from his own classroom experiences. Where Dewey casually refers to the works of people like Hegel, Herbart, and Locke common knowledge, apparently, in 1916 Phillips fills in the necessary background. And where Dewey gets convoluted or is even flat-out wrong, Phillips does what few other scholars would do: he takes Dewey to task. The result is a lively accompaniment that helps us celebrate and be enriched by some of the most important ideas ever offered in education.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226408231
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm


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By turns deftly supportive, harshly critical, and laugh-out-loud funny, Phillips s companion to Dewey s classic text is deeply insightful and instructive. Phillips is the best kind of critic, one who is broadly and sympathetically appreciative of Dewey s insights but quick to point out unclarities, non sequiturs, and mistakes both large and small. Written in an elegant but conversational style and infused with charming and revealing accounts of his personal experiences as a student, high school science teacher, and professor and Dewey scholar, Phillips has written a book that will guide both newcomers to and veteran readers of Democracy and Education.The companion is also much more fun to read than Dewey s foundational but too often turgid tome! --Harvey Siegel, University of Miami"
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. wrote of one of John Dewey s books: But although Dewey s book is incredibly ill written, it seemed to me after several re-readings to have a feeling of intimacy with the inside of the cosmos that I found unequalled. So methought God would have spoken had He been inarticulate but keenly desirous to tell you how it was. Methinks that Phillips has managed to make the inarticulate articulate and to tell us how it was according to Dewey. A fine companion on the anniversary of the publication of a most important book. --Walter Feinberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"
"By turns deftly supportive, harshly critical, and laugh-out-loud funny, Phillips's companion to Dewey's classic text is deeply insightful and instructive. Phillips is the best kind of critic, one who is broadly and sympathetically appreciative of Dewey's insights but quick to point out unclarities, non sequiturs, and mistakes both large and small. Written in an elegant but conversational style and infused with charming and revealing accounts of his personal experiences as a student, high school science teacher, and professor and Dewey scholar, Phillips has written a book that will guide both newcomers to and veteran readers of Democracy and Education. The companion is also much more fun to read than Dewey's foundational but too often turgid tome!"--Harvey Siegel, University of Miami
"Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. wrote of one of John Dewey's books: 'But although Dewey's book is incredibly ill written, it seemed to me after several re-readings to have a feeling of intimacy with the inside of the cosmos that I found unequalled. So methought God would have spoken had He been inarticulate but keenly desirous to tell you how it was.' Methinks that Phillips has managed to make the inarticulate articulate and to tell us 'how it was' according to Dewey. A fine companion on the anniversary of the publication of a most important book."----Walter Feinberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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