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Dewey and Eros: Wisdom and Desire in the Art of Teaching
by Jim Garrison

Students have threatened to design and make me wear an "I ♥ Dewey" t-shirt. How fitting, then, to bring the heart and John Dewey together in the book I just finished – Dewey and Eros: Wisdom and Desire in the Art of Teaching by Jim Garrison. We become what we love, says Garrison, so a teacher’s work is to help students come to love what is worthwhile in life. In order for teachers to be up to that task, he explains, they must pursue passionately the good in their own lives. Through Dewey’s philosophy, Garrison shows how desire, too often maligned as merely a sentimental or hedonistic impulse, enables inquiry, freedom, wisdom and thoughtful practice. I think I’ll be using this book in my new course on Education and the Human Condition.

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