John Dewey in Spain and in Spanish America

Antón Donoso

in Pragmatism in the Americas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233670
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241804 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

John Dewey in Spain and in Spanish America

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The first half of the twentieth century saw the peak of the worldwide influence of John Dewey (1859–1952), and by midcentury there was a sharp decline in his influence both at home and abroad. However, during the last two decades there has been a renewed interest in pragmatism in general and in Dewey in particular. Although separate studies have been published on Dewey's influence in a number of countries, only passing mention has been made of Spain and Latin America. This chapter is an effort to begin to fill that gap. The first part is a historical survey of Dewey's influence in Spain and in four Spanish American countries (Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and Argentina), while the second part consists of observations on why the influence occurred, why it attained the levels it finally did before it declined, and what signs indicate a renewed interest in Dewey's work.

Keywords: John Dewey; Spain; Latin America; Chile; Cuba; Mexico; Argentina

Chapter.  7095 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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