My project aims to develop a relational, pluralistic political theory that moves us beyond liberal democracy, and to consider how such a theory translates into our public school settings. In this essay I argue that Dewey offers us possibilities for moving beyond one key assumption of classical liberalism, individualism, with his theory of social transaction. I focus my discussion for this paper on Dewey’s renascent liberal democracy. I move from a discussion of Dewey’s liberal democratic theory to what a relational, pluralistic democratic theory might look like, with Dewey’s help.
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Thayer-Bacon, Barbara J.
"Beyond Liberal Democracy: Dewey's Renascent Liberalism,"
Education and Culture:
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/eandc/vol22/iss2/art4