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Jim Garrison


Jim Garrison is a professor of philosophy of education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia where he also holds appointments in the department of philosophy, as well as the science, technology, and society program and the alliance for social, political, ethical, and cultural thought. He is a Chancellors Visiting Professor at Uppsala University, Sweden for 2014-2018. His work concentrates on philosophical pragmatism, especially that of John Dewey. Awards include the Scholarly Achievement Award from the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, the John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award, The DeGarmo award from the Society of Professors of Education, The Medal of Highest Honor from Soka University in Japan, and the Jim Merritt award for his scholarship in the philosophy of education. He is a past-president of the Philosophy of Education Society, the John Dewey Society, and the Society of Professors of Education (founded in 1902). His book, Living and Learning is a dialogue with Larry Hickman, Director of the Center for Dewey Studies, and the Buddhist philosopher and educator Daisaku Ikeda (Dialogue Path Press 2014), which initially appeared in Japanese, but has been recently translated into English and is soon to appear in Chinese and French. Recent books included a co-edited work with A. G. Rud titled Reverence in Teaching (Palgrave, 2012) and Democracy and Education Reconsidered: Dewey After One Hundred Years (Routledge, 2016) co-authored with the Stefan Neubert and Kersten Reich. Jim has published books and papers in ten different languages.


Ph.D.  Philosophy, The Florida State University, 1981

M.A.  Humanities, The Florida State University, 1981

B.S.  Physics, The Florida State University, 1980

M.A.  Philosophy, The Florida State University, 1979

B.A. Psychology, The University of Central Florida, 1973 


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