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David Waddington – Looking Back, Looking Forward: Dewey’s Admiration of Jefferson

“Looking Back, Looking Forward: Dewey’s Admiration of Jefferson”
12.03.2009, 12:15 à 13:15 dans la salle de séminaire du CRÉUM, local
309, 2910 Édouard-Montpetit (Métro Université de Montréal)

One of Dewey’s least-known authorial endeavors is a short book that he
began working on in 1939: /The Living Thoughts of Thomas Jefferson/.
Perhaps surprisingly, Dewey had read very little of Jefferson’s writing
prior to being commissioned to edit the book—he was asked simply in
virtue of his prominence as a public intellectual. Yet despite being
pressed into service as an “instant” Jefferson scholar, reading
Jefferson’s writings had a significant effect on Dewey—his reading of
Jefferson helped to inspire /Freedom and Culture/, as well as an essay,
“Creative Democracy.” This analysis will address the question of why
Jefferson’s writings resonated with Dewey, and will outline some of the
connections between the views of these two thinkers. Several
similarities between the educational ideas of the two men will also be
highlighted; both Dewey and Jefferson recognized that there was a close,
vital link between democracy and education.

Dans le cadre des Ateliers de philosophie et des théories de l’éducation
Hiver 2009

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