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John Dewey and Self-Realization

reviewed by Roger Gal 1966

coverTitle: John Dewey and Self-Realization
Author(s): R. J. Roth
Publisher: Prentice Hall , Englewood Cliffs
ISBN: , Pages: 160, Year: 1963
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There is something curious about this book, written by Father Roth of Fordham University, especially where a foreigner is concerned. This is because of the apparent eagerness to overcome a sort of inferiority complex on the part of American educators and thinkers. Many Americans go abroad, the author tells us, and particularly to Europe, to study the civilization which is the ancestor of their own. But have they themselves not something to bring to Europeans—some seminal and significant ideas of universal value? Has America formulated any really significant world views? One guesses that, in the author's eyes, Dewey's philosophy, perhaps more than his conception of education, is an effort to formulate such views. This is pleasing enough to a Frenchman who has known from personal experience the role Dewey's philosophy and his educational ideas could play, and who has personally worked to introduce certain aspects of his thought into French education,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 67 Number 5, 1966, p. 379-381
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2382, Date Accessed: 7/22/2018 8:21:54 PM

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