In this paper, I argue that John Dewey's view of human nature entails that culture is a necessary but not sufficient condition for freedom. A surprising corollary of this argument is that, if left to run its natural course, culture in fact tends not to enable but rather to preclude freedom. Hence, there are specific cultural practices—habits acquired through education—that are required if we are to realize our freedom and thereby also fulfill our nature as human beings.
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"The Paradox of Freedom: John Dewey on Human Nature, Culture, and Education,"
Education and Culture:
2, Article 5.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/eandc/vol29/iss2/art5