Center for Interdisziplinary Research

John Dewey on Democracy, State, and Modernity

Date: September 9 - 11, 2009

Organizers: Emanuel Richter (Aachen), Hans Joas (Erfurt), Dirk Jörke (Greifswald)

The conference was centred around a distinguished recapitulation of Dewey’s concept of democracy. The contributions dealt with Dewey’s ‘democratic ethos’, with the justification of democracy, with its practical implications in a globalized world, with Dewey’s concept of ‘action’, and with his understanding of education in contrast to current reform discussions in Europe. Contributors and discussants led an intense, intellectually inspiring discourse that concluded in the resume that Dewey’s work represents an inspiring source of a democratic model which does not end up in a fixed democratic ideal but in a continuous critique of current misconceptions.


Friedmar Apel (Bielefeld), Johannes Bellmann (Erfurt), Richard J. Bernstein (New York, NY), Michael Grewen (Hamburg), Udo Grün (Schwäbisch Gmünd), Martin Hartmann (Frankfurt am Main), Matthias Jung (Erfurt), James Kloppenberg (Cambridge, MA), Joachim Lege (Greifswald), Stefan Neubert (Köln), Marc Rölli (Darmstadt), Veith Selk (Hamburg), Robert Westbrook (Rochester, NY)

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