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John Dewey's 1906 Definition of Art


by Philip W. Jackson — 2002

This paper contains an appreciative exegesis of a single sentence extracted from a speech that John Dewey delivered to an audience of teachers in 1906. The sentence was selected for analysis because of the extraordinarily concise manner in which it tacitly connects to a wide variety of Deweyan doctrines, particularly those having to do with Dewey’s vision of human flourishing. The overall goal of the analysis is simply to bring the sentence to the attention of a wider audience. By displaying the hidden richness of this small string of words, delivered almost nonchalantly, one suspects, and on such a relatively inauspicious occasion, my hope is to prevent a tiny gem from remaining lost and forgotten within the vastness of Dewey’s published works.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 2, 2002, p. 167-177
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10735, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 6:15:18 AM

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  • Philip Jackson
    University of Chicago
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    Philip W. Jackson is the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. His latest book, John Dewey and the Philosopher's Task, was recently published by Teachers
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