Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 1–15

John Dewey and the Role of Scientific Method in Aesthetic Experience

  • James Scott Johnston

DOI: 10.1023/A:1014457300559

Cite this article as:
Johnston, J.S. Studies in Philosophy and Education (2002) 21: 1. doi:10.1023/A:1014457300559


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Scott Johnston
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  1. 1.Educational Policy StudiesUniversity of Illinois at Urbana – ChampaignChampaignUSA