© 2015

Philosophies of Environmental Education and Democracy: Harris, Dewey, and Bateson on Human Freedoms in Nature


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Joseph Watras
    Pages 1-4
  3. Joseph Watras
    Pages 5-26
  4. Joseph Watras
    Pages 90-99
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 100-103

About this book


The project examines how three prominent philosophers of education - William Torrey Harris, John Dewey, and Gregory Bateson - each developed a world view that provides a philosophical basis for environmental education.


Ecology Conservation Aesthetic Sensibilites democracy ecology education environment freedom Institution John Dewey Nation nature philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of DaytonUSA

About the authors

Joseph Watras is Professor of Foundations of Education at the University of Dayton, USA.

Bibliographic information


“Watras (education, Univ. of Dayton) argues the need for an alternative ethical framework for American democracy that offsets the ongoing process of environmental destruction these values engender. … Watras’s book is important reading for anyone interested in the problem of environmental destruction. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (J. A. Fischel, Choice, Vol. 53 (10), June, 2016)