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Kathleen Knight Abowitz
John Dewey Society

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NEW BOOK – Dewey

New book called Dewey by Steven FesmireBy Steven Fesmire
Series: The Routledge Philosophers

John Dewey (1859 – 1952) was the dominant voice in American philosophy through the World Wars, the Great Depression, and the nascent years of the Cold War. With a professional career spanning three generations and a profile that no public intellectual has operated on in the U.S. since, Dewey’s biographer Robert Westbrook accurately describes him as “the most important philosopher in modern American history.”

In this superb and engaging introduction, Steven Fesmire begins with a chapter on Dewey’s life and works, before discussing and assessing Dewey’s key ideas across the major disciplines in philosophy; including metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, educational philosophy, social-political philosophy, and religious philosophy.

This is an invaluable introduction and guide to this deeply influential philosopher and his legacy, and essential reading for anyone coming to Dewey’s work for the first time.

About the author:
Steven Fesmire is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College, Vermont, USA. He is the author of John Dewey and Moral Imagination, winner of a 2005 Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” award.

Suggested citation:
Fesmire, S. (2015). Dewey. New York, NY: Routledge.

Conference on Democratic Education: April 2016, Washington DC

The John Dewey Society, with generous support from the Spencer Foundation, will host a Conference on Democratic Education, celebrating the centennial of the publication of Democracy and Education, April 2016 in Washington D. C.

Education in the democratic nations of today’s global society faces profoundly anti-democratic challenges. The imposition by elites of fixed, top-down “standards” backed by high stakes standardized tests has converted our schools into test prep academies where the aims of learners are neglected and the autonomy of teachers demolished.

For more information, click here: Democracy Education Conference: April 2016, Washington DC.

Call for Proposals: JDS Past Presidents’ Panel

The John Dewey Society calls for paper proposals for the Past Presidents’ Panel at its annual meeting, to be held in conjunction with the American Educational Research Association meeting in Chicago, April 16-17, 2015. Successful proposals may also be considered for publication in the special Democracy and Education centennial issue of Educational Theory in 2016. The panel theme is: Revisiting Democracy and Education.

Submissions due: Monday, November 3, 2015 (Extended to Nov. 10)

For more information, click here:  CFP Revisiting Democracy and Education

Call for Abstracts: Dewey through Generations

The John Dewey Society is pleased to announce a new panel, Dewey Through Generations, at its 2015 Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the American Educational Research association meeting in Chicago, April 16-17, 2015. Graduate students, student-professionals, and emerging scholars, may submit an abstract for the panel. The panel will include three papers and/or projects and commentary by an invited Dewey scholar.

Submissions due: Monday, December 22, 2014

For more information, click here: CFA Dewey Through Generations