The Ongoing Dance of John Dewey and China: A Western Philosopher becomes a Second Confucius 西风东渐化孔子,今世前缘谈杜威

The Ongoing Dance of John Dewey and China: A Western Philosopher becomes a Second Confucius 西风东渐化孔子,今世前缘谈杜威

Confucius Institue Distinguished Speaker Series

-Dr.John Novak & Ms Lu Jun

 

Dr. John Novak and his M.Ed. student Lu Jun will give a presentation on "Dewey, Confucius and China".

Location: Room 207, International Center Building at Brock University

Date: Oct.26, 2012

Time: 12:00-14:00

 

John Dewey ( October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey was an important early developer of the philosophy of pragmatism and one of the founders of functional psychology. He was a major representative of progressive education and liberalism.

In the Age of Republic China, the old Confucian tradition was under a harsh critique and two major western thoughts were brought into China: Marxism and the Pragmatism of John Dewey.

Many important figures in politics. philosophy, and education, such as Hu Shi, Zhang Bolin, and Tao Xingzhi, are the students of Dewey. The philosophy of Dewey was fashion in the upper and middle classes. John Dewey had even become the second Confucius in modern education.

However, after the failure of the Republic of China government, it is the Age of Marx.

 

The content will include:

John Dewey's extended visit to China (1919-1921) resulted in ongoing change in both Dewey and Chinese education and social thinking. Dewey's impact has been re-examined both in West and in China.