Pragmatism and Privilege in the Crafts Including Teaching

Year: 2002

Author: Brown, Neil CM

Type of paper: Refereed paper

This paper critically examines the legacy of Deweyan pragmatism for its role in shaping the present cultural status of the crafts, including the practice of teaching. It reveals how the prospect of overturning classical antipathy towards the crafts through Deweyan pragmatism, is overtaken by scientism. Dewey's scientism misrepresents the role of history as habit and naively portrays the way in which habits are cognised in the virtuoso enactment of a practice. The paper concludes that a lingering pragmatism in the West presides over the gradual extinction of professional autonomy in the practical arts.