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Dewey's democracy as the kingdom of God on earth

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posted on 2009-11-01, 00:00 authored by Scott Webster
John Dewey has been portrayed as a sort of villain in Rosenow's (1997) article which appeared in this journal, apparently because he was unfairly opposed to God and to religion, and also because he deliberately usurped religious language to ‘camouflage’ his secular ideas. By drawing mainly upon similar sources but with some important additions, I wish to challenge the four major concerns raised in Rosenow's article and in doing so aim to offer an alternative interpretation. It is understood here that Dewey's approach to religion was not so much religious as it was ‘spiritual’ and while developing and changing throughout his writings, his ideas on spirituality nevertheless were thoroughly entwined with his other views, especially those dealing with education, science and democracy.

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Journal

Journal of philosophy of education

Volume

43

Issue

4

Pagination

615 - 632

Publisher

Wiley

Location

London, England

ISSN

0309-8249

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, The Author

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