Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 159-186

First online:

The Global Community, Religion, and Education: The Modernity of Dewey's Social Philosophy

  • Daniel TröhlerAffiliated withUniversity of Zurich

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As a starting point this paper takes Dewey's nowadays oftenstressed modernity and examines his social philosophy againstthe background of the current debates on republicanism andcommunitarianism. Particularly, the anaysis of Dewey's The Public and its Problem (1927) concludesthat the attention being paid to Dewey is problematic asspecific religious assumptions – explicitly developedin A Common Faith (1934) – lie in the backgroundof his social philosophy, and are hardly being recognized.However, as it shall be shown, without considering thereligious basis, neither Dewey's social philosophy norhis educational theory can be properly understood.