Documentary Editing, Association for


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Documentary Editing, Volume 14, Number 2, June 1992

ISSN 2476-1796 (electronic); ISSN 2167-1451 (print)


1992 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


John Dewey, because of his longevity and productivity, has spawned a cottage industry. Seldom has one man kept so many women respectably employed for so long (we are not prejudiced; we have had a male co-worker now and again). Of course, his editors are not the only ones who have been busy; an increasing number of scholars are churning out books and articles on topics ranging from Dewey and the May Fourth Movement in China to the important women in Dewey's life.

As I thought about the subject of appreciation, it seemed to me that Dewey has educated us in at least three major ways: He has provided an editorial education, an education through the subject matter of his writings, and, perhaps most significantly, an education through the way he conducted his life. This education has demanded our active participation and reflective thinking-attributes he discussed more than once.