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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.

2020 JDS Conference

NASHVILLE, IN - The John Dewey Society is disappointed to announce that we will not be able to meet in San Francisco in April, as originally planned. JDS now intends to hold the conference September 24-26, 2020 in Nashville, Indiana, in partnership with the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society. For more information, visit the conference webpage: 2020 Nashville, IN.

Announcements

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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