Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 1-15

First online:

John Dewey and the Role of Scientific Method in Aesthetic Experience

  • James Scott JohnstonAffiliated withEducational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

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In this paper I examine a controversy ongoingwithin current Deweyan philosophy of educationscholarship regarding the proper role and scopeof science in Dewey's concept of inquiry. Theside I take is nuanced. It is one that issensitive to the importance that Dewey attachesto science as the best method of solvingproblems, while also sensitive to thosestatements in Dewey that counter a wholesalereductivism of inquiry to scientific method. Iutilize Dewey's statements regarding the placeaccorded to inquiry in aesthetic experiences ascharacteristic of his method, as bestconceived.

aesthetics art Dewey experience inquiry method science