Philo en langue anglaise - Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Philo en langue anglaise

Crédits ECTS : 4.0

Travaux Dirigés 18h

Cours Magistral 18h

Code ELP : LEA5U5

Composante : UFR Humanités

Période de l'année : Semestre 5

Formes d'enseignement : Non accessible à distance

Mobilité d'études : Oui


John Dewey's Experience and Nature and the American Pragmatist Tradition

 This course presents the philosophy of John Dewey (1859-1952), one of the most influential public intellectuals in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century, through a reading of one of his most important and comprehensive works, Experience and Nature (1925). The metaphysics of experience that Dewey elaborates in the book provides a useful introduction not only to his critique of traditional philosophical problems, particularly in the realm of epistemology, but also to his views on esthetics, anthropology, politics, science, technology, art, and education.

In the course of the semester we will proceed in an orderly fashion through the ten chapters of Experience and Nature, with regular pauses to put Dewey's thought in broader perspective, against the background of philosophy's traditional problems and in the context of the American pragmatist tradition as a whole.

The first class will be devoted to a reading of the Preface and the first chapter, "Experience and Philosophic Method." 


1. To familiarize students with Dewey's philosophy as a whole, its critique of traditional philosophical problems, and its place in the American pragmatist tradition, with particular emphasis on classical pragmatism.

2. To use Dewey as a case-study to give students a clear sense of the historical, cultural, and political stakes involved in the emergence of pragmatism as an academic and a "public" philosophy. 

3. To reinforce the method of close reading of philosophical prose in English acquired in the first-year curriculum.

4.  To strengthen discussion and writing skills in English on philosophical themes, combining both technical and everyday terms.

Contrôle des connaissances

1ère session :

Etudiants en régime général : 50% contrôle continu (exercices réalisés en TD ou à la maison) +  50% examen écrit terminal.

Etudiants en régime spécial : examen écrit terminal
 2ème session (rattrapage) 

Etudiants en régime général et spécial : examen écrit terminal.

Informations complémentaires

 This course will be taught in English.

Students will be expected to participate actively in the discussion group sessions (TD).

N.B. Students must come to class with their own print copy of Dewey's Experience and Nature, which will be absolutely indispensable for the written exam.  They are urged to buy a copy of the book in the Dover edition indicated above. There will be no handouts or photocopies of the chapters.


John Dewey, Experience and Nature, Dover, 1958

Richard J. Bernstein, John Dewey, New York: Washington Square Press, 1967

Stéphane Madelrieux, La philosophie de Dewey, Paris: Vrin,  2016

Alan Ryan, John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism, New York: Norton, 1995 (especially the concluding chapter: "Death and Resurrection")

John E. Smith, The Spirit of American Philosophy, London: Oxford University Press, 1963, chapter 4: "John Dewey: Experience, Experiment, and the Method of Intelligence".

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