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A Deweyan education as a spiritually creative enterprise

Webster, R. Scott 2007, A Deweyan education as a spiritually creative enterprise, in PESA 2007 : Creativity, enterprise and policy - new directions in education : Proceedings of the 2007 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia conference, The Society, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 1-9.

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Title A Deweyan education as a spiritually creative enterprise
Author(s) Webster, R. ScottORCID iD for Webster, R. Scott orcid.org/0000-0002-5253-4894
Conference name Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. Conference. (2007 : Wellington, New Zealand)
Conference location Wellington, New Zealand
Conference dates 6-9 Dec. 2007
Title of proceedings PESA 2007 : Creativity, enterprise and policy - new directions in education : Proceedings of the 2007 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2007
Conference series Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher The Society
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Summary John Dewey was very much against dividing the spiritual from the material and claimed that both are present in action, typically through the notion of ends-in-view. He argued that genuinely creative actions require individuals with “significant conscious desires”. However this sort of creativity does not often occur due to our “intellectual laziness” which detracts us from making the effort to truly uncover ultimate and significant desires in our lives. It will be argued in this paper that the creativity promoted through a Deweyan education encourages individuals to face their fear of inner freedom and actively inquire into the spiritual dimension of life which is existential rather than idealistic. The case will be made that educated persons should be enabled, through experience, to actively and freely inquire into ends-in-view, including the ultimate and significant issues regarding the meaning and purpose of life.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 9780909009908
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2007, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033914

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