The Education of John Dewey
A BiographyBook - 2002
Describes the life and accomplishments of the philosopher and educator who is often called the founder of progressive thought.
Columbia Univ Pr
Based on original sources, notably the vast collection of unpublished papers in the Center for Dewey Studies, this book tells the full story of the life and times of the eminent American philosopher, pragmatist, education reformer, and man of letters. His philosophy, Pragmatism, has been the distinctive American philosophy during the last fifty years and his work on education is still influential today.
During John Dewey's lifetime (1859-1952), one public opinion poll after another revealed that he was esteemed to be one of the ten most important thinkers in American history. His body of thought, conventionally identified by the shorthand word "Pragmatism," has been the distinctive American philosophy of the last fifty years. His work on education is famous worldwide and is still influential today, anticipating as it did the ascendance in contemporary American pedagogy of multiculturalism and independent thinking. His University of Chicago Laboratory School (founded in 1896) thrives still and is a model for schools worldwide, especially in emerging democracies. But how was this lifetime of thought enmeshed in Dewey's emotional experience, in his joys and sorrows as son and brother, husband and father, and in his political activism and spirituality? Acclaimed biographer Jay Martin recaptures the unity of Dewey's life and work, tracing important themes through the philosopher's childhood years, family history, religious experience, and influential friendships.
Based on original sources, notably the vast collection of unpublished papers in the Center for Dewey Studies, this book tells the full story, for the first time, of the life and times of the eminent American philosopher, pragmatist, education reformer, and man of letters. In particular, The Education of John Dewey highlights the importance of the women in Dewey's life, especially his mother, wife, and daughters, but also others, including the reformer Jane Addams and the novelist Anzia Yezierska. A fitting tribute to a master thinker, Martin has rendered a tour de force portrait of a philosopher and social activist in full, seamlessly reintegrating Dewey's thought into both his personal life and the broader historical themes of his time.
Martin's substantial biography of this pivotal figure in American philosophy and education reform is engaging to read. The careful research of Dewey's life and thought is visible in the frequent quotes from his writings, but rather than a dry account of his philosophy, Martin gives the reader a palpable sense of the inner struggles and concerns that lay beneath the development of Dewey's philosophy. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)