Book Review Pragmatism and Education Matthew Pamental Daniel Tröhler and Jürgen Oelkers, Eds. Pragmatism and Education, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2005. 236 pp. ISBN 9077874658 | 9789077874653, $147.00 (hbk.); ISBN 9077874070 | 978-9077874073, $49.00 (pbk.) In 1908, the Third International Congress of Philosophy convened in Heidelberg, Germany. According to the editors of Pragmatism and Education, this event witnessed a rejection of pragmatic ideas in Germany which would hold throughout most of the twentieth Century.1 In the wake of the American revival of pragmatism, the intellectual landscape in Germany has changed, enough so to invite a reconsideration of pragmatism's philosophical coherence and relevance for contemporary German educational thinking. In 2003, the editors organized a conference in Zurich to do just that. The resulting book consists of eleven papers along with the editors' Introduction. The papers range from the historical to the philosophical, and cover a variety of pragmatists, from Dewey, James and Mead, to Jane Addams and Mary Parker Follett. Each essay considers both the philosophical ideas of its subject and the relation of those ideas to German pedagogical thought in the twentieth century. Overall, although the papers (admittedly) do not constitute a comprehensive treatment of the issues,
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