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A Deweyan education as a spiritually creative enterprise

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by Scott Webster
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.

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Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. Conference. (2007 : Wellington, New Zealand)

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1 - 9

Publisher

The Society

Location

Wellington, New Zealand

Place of publication

Sydney, N.S.W.

Start date

2007-12-06

End date

2007-12-09

ISBN-13

9780909009908

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

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2007, The Author

Title of proceedings

PESA 2007 : Creativity, enterprise and policy - new directions in education : Proceedings of the 2007 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia conference

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