John Dewey

(1859_1952 / Burlington, Vermont)

John Dewey
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John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey was an important early developer of the philosophy of pragmatism and one of the founders of functional psychology. He was a major representative of progressive education and liberalism.

Although Dewey is known best for his publications concerning education, he also wrote about many other topics, including experience, nature, art, logic, inquiry, democracy, and ethics.

In his advocacy of democracy, Dewey considered two fundamental elements—schools and civil society—as being major topics ... more »

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  • ''Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.''
    John Dewey (1859-1952), U.S. philosopher. Originally published 1934. Art as Experience, ch. 2, Capricorn Books (1958).
  • ''Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties.''
    John Dewey (1859-1952), U.S. philosopher. Originally published 1934. Art as Experience, ch. 2, Capricorn Books (1958).
  • I know that there are many persons to whom it seems derogatory to link a body of philosophic ideas to the social life and culture of their epoch. They seem to accept a dogma of immaculate conception o...
    John Dewey (1859-1952), U.S. philosopher. repr. From California Publications in Philosophy (1931). "Context and Thought," repr. In On Experience, Natu...
  • ''When "reality" is sought for at large, it is without intellectual import; at most the term carries the connotation of an agreeable emotional state.''
    John Dewey (1859-1952), U.S. philosopher. Originally published in California Publications in Philosophy (1931). "Context and Thought," repr. In On Exp...
  • ''I should venture to assert that the most pervasive fallacy of philosophic thinking goes back to neglect of context.''
    John Dewey (1859-1952), U.S. philosopher. Originally published in California Publications in Philosophy (1931). "Context and Thought," repr. In On Exp...
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