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John Dewey: Liberty and the Pedagogy of Disposition, written by John Baldacchino

John Dewey: Liberty and the Pedagogy of Disposition, written by John Baldacchino New York: Springer, 2014. 111 pages. isbn 978-94-007-7847-4 $29.99 (eBook). isbn 978-94-007-7846-7 $49.95 (Softcover).Education is not a system of schools and institutions but is a way of living in the world. This claim, although uncontroversial to many, is rightly supported and developed using the resources of John Dewey’s education and political philosophy in John Baldacchino’s book John Dewey: Liberty and the Pedagogy of Disposition. In this short and insightful work of about one hundred pages, Baldacchino presents the reader with both a reading of Dewey and a conversation with Dewey, highlighting the radical liberatory potential of Dewey’s work through habits and dispositions that take into account the “contingent character of the world” (p. ix).The book comprises eight essays, each with a different emphasis. Baldacchino begins by giving the reader background on Dewey’s life and influences, aiming to show how his life experiences contributed to the philosophy of openness that emerges from his work. In the first chapter, “What’s Deweyan?” the provocative question is whether or not Dewey is a Deweyan. Can we properly think of Dewey as being a Deweyan, in the same sense we might ask whether Marx was a Marxist or Freud was a Freudian? Dewey’s case http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

John Dewey: Liberty and the Pedagogy of Disposition, written by John Baldacchino

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 14 (4): 4 – Nov 17, 2017

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New York: Springer, 2014. 111 pages. isbn 978-94-007-7847-4 $29.99 (eBook). isbn 978-94-007-7846-7 $49.95 (Softcover).Education is not a system of schools and institutions but is a way of living in the world. This claim, although uncontroversial to many, is rightly supported and developed using the resources of John Dewey’s education and political philosophy in John Baldacchino’s book John Dewey: Liberty and the Pedagogy of Disposition. In this short and insightful work of about one hundred pages, Baldacchino presents the reader with both a reading of Dewey and a conversation with Dewey, highlighting the radical liberatory potential of Dewey’s work through habits and dispositions that take into account the “contingent character of the world” (p. ix).The book comprises eight essays, each with a different emphasis. Baldacchino begins by giving the reader background on Dewey’s life and influences, aiming to show how his life experiences contributed to the philosophy of openness that emerges from his work. In the first chapter, “What’s Deweyan?” the provocative question is whether or not Dewey is a Deweyan. Can we properly think of Dewey as being a Deweyan, in the same sense we might ask whether Marx was a Marxist or Freud was a Freudian? Dewey’s case

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Published: Nov 17, 2017

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