The scientific researcher neither proceeds according to rules nor makes a way blindly but, moving within the aura of an idea, gropes along meanings that are immediately felt. Ideas have their own “feel”. This is one of John Dewey’s central tenets about scientific work and is easily reconciled with the view that scientific experience has aesthetic quality. However, Dewey’s theory of meaning, his distinction between expression and statement, threatens the very concept of scientific experience. The distinction does not only promote an instrumentalist understanding of science but undermines a sound understanding of the media which constitute the educational experience. This article examines this problem and proposes a solution. (Which one?)

Keywords: John Dewey, aesthetics, aesthetic inquiry, philosophy of science