Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (7):710-727 (2010)

Abstract
One way to characterise pragmatism is to see it as a philosophy that placed communication at the heart of philosophical, educational and political thinking. Whereas the shift from consciousness to communication can be seen as a major innovation in modern philosophy, it is not without problems. This article highlights some of these problems and suggests a way ‘forward’ by staging a discussion between pragmatism and deconstruction. Although there are striking similarities between pragmatism and deconstruction, it is argued that pragmatism and deconstruction cannot sit as easily together as some authors assume. The reason for this is not that pragmatism and deconstruction are incompatible philosophies but rather that deconstruction occurs at the very heart of pragmatism. This implies that pragmatism can only retain its commitment to communication in philosophy, education and politics if it acknowledges and, in a sense, embraces the occurrence of deconstruction in communication. This suggests that the future of pragmatism as a philosophy for education o lies in its deconstruction, something which is expressed in the idea of a deconstructive rather than a deconstructed pragmatism.
Keywords deconstruction  difference  pragmatism  Derrida  deconstructive pragmatism  Dewey  communication
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/epat.2010.42.issue-7
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,290
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Writing and Difference.Jacques Derrida - 1978 - University of Chicago Press.
Margins of Philosophy.Jacques Derrida - 1982 - University of Chicago Press.
Democracy and Education.John Dewey - 1916 - Dover Publications.

View all 42 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Philosophy of Education for the Public Good: Five Challenges and an Agenda.Gert Biesta - 2012 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 44 (6):581-593.
Undergoing, Mystery, and Half-Knowledge: John Dewey’s Disquieting Side.Vasco D’Agnese - 2016 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 35 (2):195-214.
Dewey, Derrida, and the Genetic Derivation of Différance.Jim Garrison - 2017 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 49 (10):984-994.

View all 9 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Pragmatism.Bruce Kuklick (ed.) - 1981 - Hackett Publishing Company.
The Contingency of Theory: Pragmatism, Expressivism, and Deconstruction.Gary Wihl - 1994 - New Haven: New Haven : Yale University Press.
Remarks on Deconstruction and Pragmatism.Jacques Derrida - 1996 - In Simon Critchley & Chantal Mouffe (eds.), Deconstruction and Pragmatism. Routledge. pp. 84.
Remarks on Deconstruction and Pragmatism.Richard Rorty - 1996 - In Simon Critchley & Chantal Mouffe (eds.), Deconstruction and Pragmatism. Routledge. pp. 13--18.
Remarks on Pragmatism and Deconstruction.Jacques Derrida - 1996 - In Simon Critchley & Chantal Mouffe (eds.), Deconstruction and Pragmatism. Routledge.
Deconstruction, Pragmatism, Hegemony.Ernesto Laclau - 1996 - In Simon Critchley & Chantal Mouffe (eds.), Deconstruction and Pragmatism. Routledge. pp. 47--68.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
113 ( #104,858 of 2,518,759 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #408,070 of 2,518,759 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes