John Dewey: His Life and Work

Larry A. Hickman

in John Dewey Between Pragmatism and Constructivism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230181
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235339 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

John Dewey: His Life and Work

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This chapter presents an overview of John Dewey's life and work. John Dewey was born in Burlington, Vermont, the third of four sons of Archibald Sprague Dewey and Lucina Artemesia Rich Dewey. In 1949, on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, Dewey was hailed by the New York Times as “America's Philosopher”. He died at his apartment on New York City on June 1, 1952. During his long and productive life, Dewey wrote widely about psychology, philosophy, art, and social issues. The chapter focuses on three general topics that are recurring themes in Dewey's work. The themes are: (1) his concept of the purpose and process of human learning; (2) his understanding of truth as a process, instead of something absolute and unchanging; and (3) his faith in democracy as the only means of social organization that can foster individual fulfillment, and its implications for education and the arts.

Keywords: John Dewey; Vermont; New York Times; individual fulfillment; human learning; truth; democracy

Chapter.  5516 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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