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Empirical Philosophical Investigations in Education and Embodied Experience


Part of the The Cultural and Social Foundations of Education book series (CSFE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Joacim Andersson, Jim Garrison, Leif Östman
    Pages 1-25
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 133-145

About this book


Drawing on John Dewey and the later Ludwig Wittgenstein, this book employs philosophy as a conceptual resource to develop new methodological and analytical tools for conducting in situ empirical investigations. Chapter one explores the philosophies of Wittgenstein and Dewey. Chapter two exposits Deweyan ideas of embodiment, the primacy of the aesthetic encounter, and aesthetically expressive meaning underdeveloped in Wittgenstein. Chapter three introduces the method of practical epistemological analysis (PEA) and a model of situated epistemic relations (SER) to investigate the learning of body techniques in dinghy sailing. The concluding chapter introduces a model of situated artistic relations (SAR) to investigate the learning of artistic techniques of self-expression in the Swedish sloyd classroom. 


Wittgenstein John Dewey Practical Epistemological Analysis situated epistemic relations situated artistic relation handicraft-oriented education Sweden Norway

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health SciencesÖrebro UniversityÖrebroSweden
  2. 2.Learning Sciences & TechVirginia TechBlacksburg, VAUSA
  3. 3.Teacher EducationUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

About the authors

Joacim Andersson is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and Örebro University, Sweden. He is a member of the research environment Studies in Meaning-making and Educational Discourse (SMED) and combines pragmatism philosophy with sociological body theory in his study of education.

Leif Östman is Professor of Curriculum Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is one of the founders and director of the research group SMED. He has published widely in diverse fields as curriculum theory and history, science education, environmental and sustainability education, and body pedagogics. 

Jim Garrison is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. He is a Chancellors Visiting Professor at Uppsala University, Sweden for 2014-2018. He is a past-president of the Philosophy of Education Society and the John Dewey Society. His books and papers appear in nine different languages.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Empirical Philosophical Investigations in Education and Embodied Experience
  • Authors Joacim Andersson
    Jim Garrison
    Leif Östman
  • Series Title The Cultural and Social Foundations of Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title The Cultural and Social Foundations of Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-74608-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09035-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-74609-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 145
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Philosophy
    Research Methods in Education
    Creativity and Arts Education
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