World Philosophy Day @ MU: Larry Hickman on 'The Crisis of Democracy and Education – And the Way Forward' & Round Table Discussion

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 17:00 to 19:00
Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth

This event will take place on the eve of the UNESCO World Philosophy Day which is celebrated each year on the 3rd Thursday in November.

After briefly reviewing some of the current threats to democracy and education, Prof. Hickman will examine the linkage between John Dewey’s philosophy of education and other aspects of his technical philosophy, including his characterization of philosophy as an activity, in terms of their potential for ameliorating such threats. He will then briefly discuss some reasons for hope: some educational contexts in which Dewey’s ideas have been put into practice. 

Speaker: Prof. Hickman is Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, and Director Emeritus, Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is one of the world's leading Dewey scholars and has published widely on Dewey, pragmatism and the links  between pragmatism and democracy. Monographs include: 
John Dewey Forever Young: Hickman on Dewey
Living as Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century;
Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism
Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture: Putting Pragmatism to Work 

Round Table Discussion Participants:

Prof. William Desmond, Department of Philosophy, MU

Dr Delma Byrne, Departments of Sociology and Education, MU

Dr Joe Oyler, Department of Education, MU

The event will be followed by a wine reception.