Pragmatism in the Americas

By Gregory Fernando Pappas | Go to book overview

TWO
PRAGMATISM IN BRAZIL
John Dewey and Education

Marcus Vinicius da Cunha and Débora Cristina Garcia

The starting point of pragmatism in Brazil occurred through John Dewey’s works; his works that are best known by Brazilians are those that address educational topics. For this reason, during most of the twentieth century pragmatism and Dewey were considered synonyms; the same occurred in relation to Dewey and education. Consequently it is also reasonable to say the same in relation to pragmatism and education. Therefore, in order to provide a significant description of pragmatism in Brazil in the previous century, it is indispensable to analyze the presence of the American philosopher in education.

In this essay, we show that the identification between pragmatism, Dewey, and education was gradually eased throughout that century, more precisely in the last decades. In our conclusion we make some observations on this phenomenon and point out the trends that, according to our beliefs, are present today and may develop in the future. We utilize two sources, the publication of translations of

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