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Mission

The John Dewey Society aims to foster intelligent inquiry into the pressing social problems of our time, especially pertaining to the place and function of education in resolving such problems, as well as to share, discuss, and disseminate the results of such inquiries. JDS also provides a space for building and sustaining the networks of students and scholars of the philosophy of John Dewey and American Pragmatism.

History

The John Dewey Society grew out of a series of discussions held as early as 1934. Originally called "The Association for the Study of Education in its Social Aspects," the name was changed to the John Dewey Society in early 1936. JDS exists to keep alive John Dewey's commitment to the use of critical and reflective intelligence in the search for solutions to crucial problems in education and culture.

Membership

Join the John Dewey Society by clicking on the "Join“ tab. Special thanks to the Tanner Foundation. New members will receive two classic books: John Dewey’s "The Sources of a Science of Education" and Dan Tanner’s "Crusade for Democracy: Progressive Education at the Crossroads." Tanner’s book provides a detailed history of the John Dewey Society.

2021 JDS Conference

BURLINGTON, VT - The John Dewey Society will hold the 2021 conference on October 8-9, 2021 in Burlington, Vermont, where Dewey lived and is buried. We will be partnering with the University of Vermont and North Eastern Philosophy of Education Society to host this conference.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to join us. For more information, visit the conference webpage: 2021 Burlington, VT.

Announcements

2021 JDS Annual Conference: Burlington, VT

The John Dewey Society will hold the 2021 conference on October 8-9, 2021 in Burlington, Vermont, where Dewey lived and is buried.  We are seeking new approaches to a more truly Deweyan conference, where we will have both traditional papers as well as experiential learning opportunities, such as participating in the Dewey Kitchen and place-based […]

NEW BOOK: John Dewey’s Imaginative Vision of Teaching

by Deron Boyles John Dewey’s Imaginative Vision of Teaching explores key philosophical topics in John Dewey’s work, including epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics, and relates them to teacher practice and education policy. Each chapter begins with theory and ends with practical implications. While there are numerous books on Dewey, there are relatively few that connect his […]

Center for Dewey Studies to Open in India

To expand the study of Dewey and pragmatism, the John Dewey Society is proud to support the establishment of the first Center for Dewey Studies in India, the world’s largest democracy. JDS has graciously donated all 38 volumes of Dewey’s collected works for the center. “Our hope in supporting this Center is that future generations […]

 
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