Dewey and rawls on education

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In this paper I compare the roles that the explicit and implicit educational theories of John Dewey and John Rawls play in their political works to show that Rawls's approach is skeletal and inappropriate for defenders of democracy. I also uphold Dewey's belief that education is valuable in itself, not only derivatively, contra Rawls. Next, I address worries for any educational theory concerning problems of distributive justice. Finally, I defend Dewey's commitment to democracy as a consequence of the demands of productive public inquiry and education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-382
Number of pages22
JournalHuman Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Democracy
  • Dewey
  • Education
  • Liberalism
  • Pragmatism
  • Rawls

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy


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