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The Weight of Dogmatism: Investigating "Learning" in Dewey's Pragmatism and Wittgenstein's Ordinary Language Philosophy
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0298-3832
2017 (English)In: A Companion to Wittgenstein and Education: Pedagogical Investigations / [ed] Michael A. Peters & Jeff Stickney, Singapore: Springer Singapore , 2017, 339-352 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

What is it to learn something? This essay is an attempt to give a treatment of our expectations and wants from an answer to that question by placing Dewey’s pragmatism and Wittgenstein’s ordinary language philosophy in conversation with each other. Both Dewey and Wittgenstein introduce philosophical visions and methods that are meant to avoid dogmatic responses to such questions. Dewey presents a vision of learning based on the view of the human organism transacting in its environment and in that way being involved with education without any other end than continual growth. By suggesting possible results of a Wittgensteinian investigation of our use of the word “learning ”, the essay also proposes a twist on Dewey’s theory of learning, which dissolves our need for a theory of learning as an answer to the question. This gives the child a voice in contexts where the word “learn” is used. An investigation of the use of “learn” becomes a method of releasing us from the dogmatic requirements that determine what learning is. Further, Dewey’s terminology comes to comprise examples of possible uses rather than being a statement as to what learning is.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore: Springer Singapore , 2017. 339-352 p.
Keyword [en]
Wittgenstein, Dewey, Learning, Ordinary language philosophy, Dogmatism
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Philosophy Pedagogical Work
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Intercultural Studies; Education and Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-24907ISBN: 978-981-10-3134-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-24907DiVA: diva2:1095030
Available from: 2017-05-11 Created: 2017-05-11 Last updated: 2017-05-12Bibliographically approved

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