Feminist Interpretations of John Dewey

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Charlene Haddock Seigfried
Penn State Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Philosophy
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This is the first collection of essays to evaluate John Dewey's pragmatist philosophy from a feminist perspective. The variety of feminist interpretations offered here ranges from Jane Addams's praise for his collegial efforts to resolve the problems of the inner city to contemporary comparisons of his approach with Addams's own critique of capitalism as patriarchal. In between are essays assessing Dewey's contributions to feminist theory and practice both in his lifetime and in regard to contemporary feminist approaches to education, subjectivity, objectivity and truth, and social and political philosophy.

At a time when feminists are questioning and developing alternatives to the scientistic value-free inquiry advocated by logical positivism, the myth of detached observation informing the epistemological turn, rationalistic ethics, and the model of an unattached, nonrelational subject, this book reminds us of Dewey's early and passionate opposition to the same assumptions and his reconstruction of philosophy as a &"method of moral and political diagnoses and prognosis.&" It has often been remarked that Dewey's pragmatism provides a genuine alternative to the usual masculinist biases of Western philosophy, and the various essays in this book develop this claim more extensively.

Contributors, besides the editor, are Jane Addams, Ana M. Mart&ínez Alem&án, Paula Droege, Marilyn Fischer, Eugenie Gatens-Robinson, Judith M. Green, Lisa Heldke, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Erin McKenna, Marjorie C. Miller, Elizabeth Kamarck Minnich, and Shannon Sullivan.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Toast to John Dewey
25
Experimenting with Education John Dewey and Ella Flagg Young at the University of Chicago
31
John Deweys Pragmatist Feminism
47
Feminism and Pragmatism On the Arrival of a Ministry of Disturbance a Regulated Source of Annoyance a Destroyer of Routine an Underminer of C...
78
Philosophy Education and the American Tradition of Aspirational Democracy
95
Identity Feminist Teaching and John Dewey
113
The Need for a Pragmatist Feminist Self
133
The Pragmatic Ecology of the Object John Dewey and Donna Haraway on Objectivity
189
The Need for Truth Toward a PragmatistFeminist Standpoint Theory
210
How Practical Is John Dewey?
239
Deepening Democratic Transformation Deweyan Individuation and Pragmatist Feminism
260
Jane Addamss Critique of Capitalism as Patriarchal
278
Select Bibliography
297
Contributors
305
Index
307

Reclaiming the Subject or A View from Here
160

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Charlene Haddock Seigfried is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. Her books include Pragmatism and Feminism: Reweaving the Social Fabric (1996).

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