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Dewey’s Constructivism: From The Reflex Arc Concept To Social Constructivism

Jim Garrison

in John Dewey Between Pragmatism and Constructivism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230181
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235339 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230181.003.0005

Series: American Philosophy

Dewey’s Constructivism:               From The Reflex Arc Concept To Social Constructivism

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This chapter presents a constructivist reading of Dewey's work by establishing a line of development between Dewey's 1896 essay on the reflex arc and the social constructivism explicit in his later works. It demonstrates the relevance of classical Pragmatism to current issues in the philosophy of education, highlighting key theoretical and conceptual components of the cultural construction of meanings, truth claims, and identities. It also looks into Dewey's short essay “Knowledge and Speech Reaction” to identify the connection between speech acts, the constitution of stimuli by responses, and the construction of knowledge objects by the operations of inquiry.

Keywords: reflex arc; social constructivism; classical Pragmatism; Knowledge and Speech Reaction; stimuli; speech acts

Chapter.  7552 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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