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John Dewey and the Philosophy and Practice of Hope


reviewed by Jim Garrison February 22, 2008

coverTitle: John Dewey and the Philosophy and Practice of Hope
Author(s): Stephen M. Fishman and Lucille McCarthy
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign
ISBN: 0252032004 , Pages: 248, Year: 2007
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Those who have enjoyed Fishman and McCarthy’s earlier collaborations that stir fine philosophy, serious classroom practice, and careful empirical study into a savory stew will find their latest offering to their taste. I also recommend this most recent work to those who have not yet had the pleasure. The book is not full of the kind of gushy optimism we often associate with the idea and ideal of hope, especially as we find it in capitalistic boosterism, American triumphantalism, or the gospel of greed. The opening sentence acknowledges: “Hope has come on hard times these days” (p. xv). Steve Fishman opens up his part of the prologue by admitting: “My own despair surprises me,” (p. xvi) while Lucille McCarthy confesses despair “about the ecological suicide that we humans are engaged in committing, the ever increasing gaps between rich and poor, and seemingly endless procession of ethnic and national conflicts, fueled in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 22, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15020, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 9:39:23 PM

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  • Jim Garrison
    Virginia Tech
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    JIM GARRISON is a professor of philosophy of education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. His work concentrates on philosophical pragmatism, and especially the philosophy of John Dewey. Jim is a past winner of the Jim Merritt award for his scholarship in the philosophy of education and the John Dewey Society Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a past-president of the Philosophy of Education Society and currently president of the John Dewey Society.
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