Living Has Its Own Intrinsic Quality: John Dewey’s Aesthetic Education

  • Jesse Raber


While most Progressive Era advocates of educational professionalism argue that education is an objective science, John Dewey sees it as an art. The goal of Deweyan education, “growth,” is not just a concept but a “quality.” The quality of growth can be analyzed into four interdependent constituent qualities—interest, purpose, meaning, and freedom—which should collectively shape four interdependent aspects of life: the structure of the self, the organization of society, the administration of the school, and, finally, aesthetic experience. Dewey’s account of the professional educators’ authority is thus inseparable from his descriptions of aesthetic experience and aesthetic education, and can be contrasted with similar accounts in classical Bildung, Maxine Greene, and Stanley Cavell.


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  • Jesse Raber
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  1. 1.School of the Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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