The Education of John Dewey by Jay Martin

By Jay Martin

Based on unique resources, particularly the titanic selection of unpublished papers within the middle for Dewey reviews, this e-book tells the whole tale of the existence and instances of the eminent American thinker, pragmatist, schooling reformer, and guy of letters. His philosophy, Pragmatism, has been the designated American philosophy over the last fifty years and his paintings on schooling remains to be influential today.

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This is nowhere better exhibited than in a very strange passage in a letter from Archibald to John dated October 21, 1885, the day after John’s twentysixth birthday. Archibald wrote rather pointedly at first: “I didn’t forget yesterday—[the] anniversary of your burglarious entrance into the family circle, but the weather was so fine that I did not like to lay aside the spade for the pen. . ” In addition to the suggestions that he had forgotten the birthday or that the weather was too fine to trouble himself with writing on his son’s birthday or that the gift he was sending would be a “trifle,” there is the odd word burglarious.

Brastow as pastor of the First Congregational Church in 1873, when Dewey was thirteen years old. With his pastorship, Burlington arrived at the liberal position that Lucina had experienced with Goodhue years earlier at Shoreham. But twenty years had made a difference. Gone, with Brastow, was the pietism that Lucina had learned. Brastow was thoroughly committed to an enlightened liberal evangelism. ” That he preached two parts of the three ideals emergence 25 to which Lucina was committed is evident.

He read Arnold’s Essays (1873 edition), Literature and Dogma (1873 edition), God and the Bible (1875), and The Popular Education of France (1861), along with two of Frances Parkman’s histories, and accounts of Roman, German, Greek, and English history. Arnold’s attempt to reconcile humanism and religion attracted Dewey and remained a strong influence. ) His growing interest in history seems to have been fostered by the spirit of evolution to which he had been introduced and hastened to embrace.

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