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About John Dewey

John Dewey

Life: 1859 - 1952

Country: us flag America

Profession: Philosopher;

John Dewey (October 20, 1859 - June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, whose thoughts and ideas have been greatly influential in the United States and around the world. He, along with Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, is recognized as one of the founders of the philosophical school of Pragmatism. He is also known as the father of functional psychology; he was a leading representative of the progressive movement in U.S. schooling during the first half of the 20th century.




The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education ... (and) the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth. Now this idea cannot be applied to all the members of a society except where intercourse of man with man is mutual, and except where there is adequate provision for the reconstruction of social habits and institutions by means of wide stimulation arising from equitably distributed interests. And this means a democratic society.

~ John Dewey

Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates to invention. It shocks us out of sheeplike passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving.

~ John Dewey

Arriving at one point is the starting point to another.

~ John Dewey

Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.

~ John Dewey

As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure.

~ John Dewey

Education is a social process ... Education is growth.... Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.

~ John Dewey
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