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John Dewey and the Philosophy and Practice of Hope by Stephen Fishman, Lucille McCarthy

John Dewey and the Philosophy and Practice of Hope



John Dewey and the Philosophy and Practice of Hope by Stephen Fishman, Lucille McCarthy

Inspiring new techniques for engaging students with democratic ideals John Dewey and the Philosophy and Practice of Hope combines philosophical theory with a study of its effects in an actual classroom. To understand how Dewey, one of the century's foremost philosophers of education, understood the concept of hope, Stephen Fishman begins with theoretical questions like: What is hope? What are its objects? How can hope foster a new understanding of democracy and social justice? The book's second half is a classroom study that mir-rors in practice what Fishman explores in theory, as Lucille McCarthy observes Fishman's undergraduate students reading the theorists. Illustrating students' own vital engagement with the hope literature, McCarthy reveals how the discussions deepen student understandings, simultaneously showing education's power to promote hope and turn social ideals into reality.


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. --Teachers College Record

Reads like a conversation with someone who not only knows Dewey's thinking well but also is not afraid to experiment with these ideas. --Education and Culture The study is a superb inquiry: a model for how philosophy should consider the 'problems of men
and how teaching and research should be conducted. Highly recommended

. --Choice Fishman and McCarthy each bring unique tools to their classroom inquiries, and the results are wonderfully readable and illuminating. Their work and humanity point the way for educators to act against civic decline and for civic renewal. --Ira Shor, professor of composition and rhetoric, City University of New York Graduate School

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Publication date

29th October 2007


Stephen Fishman, Lucille McCarthy

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University of Illinois Press


248 pages





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