By Jim Garrison, Larry Hickman, and Daisaku Ikeda
Dialogue Path Press (October 2014)
$12.95 USA / $14.95 CANADA
"Dewey's philosophy is a treasure house of the wisdom and vitality
the twenty-first century requires."
- Daisaku Ikeda
Living As Learning is a passionate and rewarding dialogue on the legacy of the great American philosopher and educator John Dewey (1859–1952). Focused on growth and the creation of value within the context of real life, Dewey’s pragmatic philosophy shares much with humanistic Buddhism. These similarities, which arise throughout the book, add richness to a dialogue already overflowing with faith in our capacity to find common ground and expand human well being in our rapidly globalizing world. For Dewey, individual and social potential alike are unlimited.
Jim Garrison is a professor of philosophy of education at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. A past president of the Philosophy of Education Society and the John Dewey Society, his books include Dewey and Eros: Wisdom and Desire in the Art of Teaching.
Larry A. Hickman is director of the Center for Dewey Studies and professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. A past president of the John Dewey Society, he has published influential studies on Dewey’s philosophy of technology.
Daisaku Ikeda is president of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with more than twelve million members worldwide. He has written and lectured widely on Buddhism, humanism, and global ethics.
Dewey scholars as well as initiates to his work will be fascinated by the discussion of connections between his ideas and those of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, the “value creator.” The collegial relationship that both Dewey and Makiguchi described between mentor and disciple (teacher and student) is especially valuable in this age of dull, one-way, authoritarian pedagogy. Readers will be encouraged to renew efforts to establish genuine education in the United States and abroad.
—Nel Noddings, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University, and author, Caring: A Relational Approach to Ethics and Moral Education
In this timely book, two outstanding philosophers—Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman—engage President Daisaku Ikeda of the Soka Gakkai International in a wide-ranging exchange about the enduring value of John Dewey’s philosophy of life and of education. The book offers an intellectual and ethical richness that will provoke, inform, and inspire readers. Listen in on the dialogue, and learn.
—David T. Hansen, Weinberg Professor of Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
In Living As Learning, Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman, two of the most astute students of Dewey’s contributions, join Daisaku Ikeda, the premier student of Josei Toda (who was the foremost student of Makiguchi) to provide a beautifully expressed, intellectually stimulating, and compellingly hopeful seedbed for educational action. Reading this book makes me feel as if I am experiencing Dewey and Makiguchi in dialogue that grows through myriad ideas (past, present, and possible) and a mutual quest for peace and justice. This dialogue should inspire readers to do their best to envision and enact a more humane world.
—William H. Schubert, Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author, Love, Justice, and Education: John Dewey and the Utopians
In this invigorating and wide-ranging dialogue, scholars Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda come together to explore powerful ideas of great learning and flourishing living drawn from the legacies of John Dewey, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, and other inspiring thinkers. These ideas help cultivate a philosophical and educational landscape that commits not only to the shared interests of diverse individuals and groups, but also to our shared potential for creative, harmonious, and joyful living as learning in an increasingly complex, complicated, and contested world.
—Ming Fang He, Professor of Curriculum Studies at Georgia Southern University