In the final segment of my interview with Tom Alexander, we continue our discussion about John Dewey, who was one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers and a widely-respected education reformer. Alexander is the author of John Dewey’s Theory of Art, Experience and Nature: The Horizons of Feeling (SUNY Press, 1987), and he’s the author of The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence (Fordham University Press, 2013). Since 1985, Alexander has been a member of the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University.
In the next installment of my interview with Tom Alexander, we continue our discussion about the life and legacy of moralist and education reformer, John Dewey. Alexander is the author of John Dewey’s Theory of Art, Experience and Nature: The Horizons of Feeling, and topics of the interview include democracy in education, social justice and life in the age of "the post-truth society."
For every dollar the US government spends, 1/50th of one penny is spent on the arts. Even so, more than a dozen news outlets have reported in the last 2 days that President Trump wants to eliminate that - to defund the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Fortunately, there are others with better ideas.
"I believe that the school is primarily a social institution. Education being a social process, the school is simply that form of community life in which all those agencies are concentrated that will be most effective in bringing the child to share in the inherited resources of the race, and to use his own powers for social ends." - John Dewey, My Pedagogic Creed (1897)
He was a renowned Jewish philosopher, and an early member of the NAACP. He was also an art and nature lover, who advocated a global shift toward vegetarianism. However, Albert Einstein is known primarily as the 20th century’s greatest physicist, although he was a radical socialist who called capitalism evil.
The hefty contributions of Albert Einstein to the US civil rights movement are nothing short of legendary. Even before his arrival in the US from his native Germany, Einstein had already “backed a campaign to defend the Scottsboro Boys, nine Alabama teenagers who were falsely accused of rape in 1931.” And according to a 2015 article at Live Science, when “Princeton's Nassau Inn refused to rent a room to contralto opera star Marian Anderson” because she was Black, “Einstein invited the singer home as his guest.”
In the first paragraph of a November 14th article at Der Spiegel, the author opens by saying “when Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the American Age will celebrate its 100th birthday—and its funeral.”