In Steven Fesmire (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Dewey. Oxford University Press (2018)

This chapter explores the relevance of Dewey’s philosophy of democracy for China within the context of Dewey’s historical visit to China and continuing debates about his influence among the Chinese. Dewey’s pragmatism illuminates certain problems in the contemporary discourses about China’s democratization, including questions whether Chinese culture is an obstacle to democratization and the strengths of a Deweyan approach to articulating a Confucian democracy that could work in China. Dewey’s emphasis on experimentation in social reforms and his fallibilism regarding the political institutions of democracy open up new possibilities for China’s democratization and suggest where one might look to discover the indigenous conditions—the varied experiments being conducted in local governance and civil society—from which a Chinese democracy might be born.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on
DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190491192.013.41
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: 62,481
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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

How Can a Chinese Democracy Be Pragmatic?Sor-Hoon Tan - 2011 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 47 (2):196.
John Dewey's Social and Political Philosophy in the China Lectures: Introduction.Roberto Frega - 2017 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 53 (1):3.
Pragmatism in China: The Deweyan Influence.Qizhang Kuang - 1994 - Dissertation, Michigan State University
John Dewey’s Philosophy and Chinese Culture.Flavia Stara - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 50:757-764.
John Dewey’s Philosophy And Chinese Culture.Flavia Stara - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 28:137-143.
Li Zehou and Pragmatism.Catherine Lynch - 2016 - Philosophy East and West 66 (3):704-719.
A Comparison of Dewey’s and Russell’s Influences on China.Ding Zijiang - 2007 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 6 (2):149-165.


Added to PP index

Total views
29 ( #374,946 of 2,446,293 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
8 ( #86,858 of 2,446,293 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes