Pragmatism si democratie in contextul "educatiei de tip nou"


  • Magdalena Miu National University of Political Studies and Public Administration


The aim of this paper is to summarize a series of specific arguments for Dewey's "new type of education" reprezenting a new beginning for the way in which democracy should be applied into all the spheres of social and political life, and especially in education. The pragmatic conception of knowledge is enriched in the Dewey?s view by a social dimension impossible to ignore. If the pragmatism insists on the idea of knowledge as a tool to adapt to the environment, and if the human environment is essentially social, then knowledge has a fundamental social dimension, which must be taken into account in organizing education. Therefore, from a Deweyan perspective, education in a democratic context must try to be integrative in regard to societal particularities.