Call for Papers: “John Dewey and the Child as Philosopher”

Posted: 30 de August de 2011 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, Event

Call for Papers: “John Dewey and the Child as Philosopher”

2011 American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Annual
Meeting
December 27-30, 2011, at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
Joint Session of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for
Children
and John Dewey Society (session date and time to be determined).

Overview: John Dewey was not a philosopher of education in the now-
traditional
sense of a doctor of philosophy who examines educational ends, means
and
controversies through the disciplinary lenses of epistemology, ethics
and
political theory, or of agenda-driven schools such as existentialism,
feminism
and critical theory.  Rather, Dewey was an educator and a philosopher,
who saw
in each discipline reconstructive possibilities for the other, and who
famously characterized “philosophy … as the general theory of
education” ([1916] 1985, p. 338).  Dewey wanted both disciplines to
overcome
their narrow preoccupations with acquiring information-as-knowledge
and to
adopt new self-understandings as enterprises aimed at personal and
collective
wellbeing.

Dewey’s recommendations for the reconstruction of philosophy and of
education
were shaped by his theory of experience: of the purposive organism
inquiring,
experimenting, collaborating and otherwise working toward consummate
experience in its current situation – and (only) in that process,
becoming
“educated,” i.e., better able to solve problems in future situations.
Dewey
saw philosophers, scientists, teachers and school children, all, as
agents of
self-corrective growth, attempting to extract the most meaning from
novel
experiences through intelligent thought, feeling and action.  In that
regard,
philosophers should know the serious playfulness that comes from
direct
engagement with the world, and children (especially in school
settings),
should experience the exhilaration of having their immediate desires
and
concerns expanded and mediated by disciplinary knowledge and know-how.

The John Dewey Society and the Institute for the Advancement of
Philosophy for
Children (IAPC) join in calling for papers that explore the notion of
“the
child as philosopher,” as informed by Dewey’s life and writings, to be
presented at the IAPC group session of the 2011 American Philosophical
Association Eastern Division Annual Meeting, December 27-30, in
Washington,
D.C.  Presented papers will also be considered for publication in a
special
issue of Education and Culture, the Journal of the John Dewey Society.

Possible topics include:

• What philosophical practices (e.g. analytic thinking, argumentation,
dialogue, soma-aesthetics, reflective autobiography) do children and
adolescents demonstrate?
• What are the relative merits of various and divergent approaches to
pre-college philosophy education?
• What philosophies of education and what meta-philosophies support
and
detract from the notion of pre-college philosophy education?
• Why didn’t Dewey recommend children’s philosophical practice (Lipman
2004)?
• To what extent is Nussbaum’s recent critique, that Dewey “never
addressed systematically the question of how Socratic critical
reasoning might
be taught to children of various ages,” (2010, 73) correct or
incorrect?
• What reconstructive possibilities emerge from the mutual encounter
of
the disciplines of philosophy and education?

Submissions: Electronic submissions are required and should be sent to
oylerj@verizon.net.  Papers must be in MS Word (.doc) or Rich Text
Format
(.rtf). Papers may not exceed 3000 words in length. Submissions should
include
a word count and 150 word abstract (not counted in total word count)
on the
title page. Papers should not contain any information identifying the
author
of the submission.  In a separate title page document, please submit
the
following: title of the paper, abstract of the paper, author’s name,
affiliation, email address and phone number. Submission deadline:
Papers must
be received by Monday, 3 October 2011.

Notification & Presentation.  Authors of accepted papers will be
notified by
Monday, 31 October 2011.  As requested by the APA, all papers will be
posted
on the IAPC website prior to the conference (www.montclair.edu/iapc).
Presenters will be required to pay the conference registration fee,
and APA
members are encouraged to maintain their APA memberships.  APA members
are
also encouraged to submit papers to the main program, in addition to
participating in this group session.  At the group session, a laptop
and
projector will be provided.  Presenters who wish to use PowerPoint
slides must
submit them to oylerj@verizon.net no later than 5 December 2011.

Questions or comments: Maughn Gregory, Montclair State University,
gregorym@montclair.edu

REFERENCES

John Dewey: The Middle Works of John Dewey, Volume 9, 1899-1924:
Democracy and
Education, 1916 (Jo Ann Boydston and Edwardsville, eds.; Carbondale:
Southern
Illinois University Press, 1985).

Matthew Lipman: “Philosophy for Children’s Debt to Dewey,” Critical &
Creative
Thinking Vol. 12, No. 1 (May 2004), 1-8.

Martha Nussbaum: Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities
(Princeton
University Press, 2010).

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