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John Dewey and Reinhold Niebuhr. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, December 2009, Pages: 264
The premise of this study is the following: John Dewey and Reinhold Niebuhr's conflicting views of religion uniquely articulate a major schism in approaches to religious belief, pragmatic thought,liberalism, and morality in America to this day. I argue that while Dewey and Niebuhr are both representatives of religious pragmatism, their opinions of human nature and of the role of religion represent two divergent approaches to moral theory and, consequently, moral pedagogy. To examine their historical narrative is to better understand, and perhaps adjudicate, some of the continued conflicts in our culture regarding the issue of religion versus science and how it affects our understanding of morality.
Bruce Rummenie has been a public school teacher of English for 25 years. He earned his Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 1995 and his Ph. D. in Philosophy of Education in 2006, both from the University of Illinois in Urbana- Champaign. He lives with his wife and two children in Urbana.