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John Dewey, Robert Pirsig, and the Art of Living: Revisioning Aesthetic Education


reviewed by Douglas J. Simpson — September 12, 2007

coverTitle: John Dewey, Robert Pirsig, and the Art of Living: Revisioning Aesthetic Education
Author(s): David A. Granger
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403974020, Pages: 307, Year: 2006
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Those who are students of John Dewey and Robert Pirsig will want to read if not purchase this volume. This laudatory comment, of course, does not mean that David Granger’s title will immediately resonate with everyone, especially those who are unfamiliar with Dewey or Pirsig. For example, it will be easy to anticipate the question of someone who is only vaguely familiar with Dewey and Pirsig: What does philosophy of education have to do with motorcycle maintenance? Granger would have no difficulty answering questions of this kind. In fact, he does so only obliquely in the book by raising and answering four questions of his own, queries that guide much of what he includes in the volume. These four questions— (1) What sort of world is it that makes art as experience possible? (2) What is the general nature of aesthetic experience and how might it serve to nurture the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 12, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14607, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 2:34:07 AM

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  • Douglas Simpson
    Texas Tech University
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    DOUGLAS J. SIMPSON is professor of education and occupies the Helen DeVitt Jones Chair in Teacher Education, Texas Tech University, where he coordinates the M. Ed. and Ph. D. Programs in Curriculum and Instruction. He edits the Journal of Thought: A Journal of Critical Reflection on Educational Issues and is the author or co-author of a number of books, including The Pedagodfathers: The Lords of Education, John Dewey and the Art of Teaching, John Dewey Primer, and Educational Reform: A Deweyan Perspective. Presently, he is working with others on two volumes, the first on educational leadership and ethics and the second on Dewey and contemporary educational issues.
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