The Education of John Dewey: A Biography by Jay MartinThe Education of John Dewey: A Biography by Jay Martin

The Education of John Dewey: A Biography

byJay Martin

Hardcover | January 23, 2003

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 424 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


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Based on original sources, notably the vast collection of unpublished papers in the Center for Dewey Studies, this book tells the full story, for the first time, of the life and times of the eminent American philosopher,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.

Jay Martin has written and edited twenty-one books, including authoritative biographies of Nathanael West, Henry Miller and Conrad Aiken; the standard history of American literature 1865-1914; a key psychoanalytic work on "fictive personality"; and autobiographical novels about the U.S.S.R. and the time he spent as a Buddhist monk in ...
Title:The Education of John Dewey: A BiographyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.41 × 1.5 × 0.98 inPublished:January 23, 2003Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231116764

ISBN - 13:9780231116763

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

Book I: EmergenceChildhoodThe Christian InfluenceThe Beginning of John Dewey's EducationA Career in Teaching?Or a Career in Philosophy?Dewey's Philosophic InfluencesBecoming a PhilosopherFinding Both a Philosophic Niche and a JobDewey in LoveDewey's Philosophy ExpandsDewey's Reputation BuildsFred DeweyTo Minnesota and Back to MichiganWriting About EthicsA Utopian DeceptionFamily LifeHarper and the University of ChicagoBook II: ExperienceWealth and PovertyEvelyn DeweyAnother Kind of EducationMorris DeweyOverworking at the University of ChicagoMore PublicationsProgressive EducationThe Lab SchoolResignationLucy DeweyJane DeweyColumbia Comes to the RescueBack to EuropeStarting OverThe Gorky AffairFive Arcs of ActivitiesMore PublicationsDewey's Teaching StyleWarNew RestrictionsThe AftermathThe Polish ProjectAlexander's Influence on DeweyA Philadelphia StoryDewey's Interest in PolandBook III: EngagementAlice's DepressionOn to JapanChina and "New Culture''No League and No WarSabino DeweyIdealism CorruptedNow to TurkeyThen to MexicoLosing AliceDewey Among the SovietsThree More BooksThe Gifford LecturesEnjoying Life AgainDewey Turns SeventyThe Stock Market Crash and Its AftermathDewey's Political PhilosophyDewey's Interest in the ArtsThe Last Educational MissionLeon TrotskyDewey's LogicDewey and ValuationDewey's Eightieth Birthday CelebrationEducation and FreedomBertrand RussellMore ControversiesDewey's Views of EducationAfter the WarJohn and RobertaThe Last Birthday CelebrationThe EndLast WordsAcknowledgmentsNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

Martin's biography is a good, well-paced read. Jay Martin has given us a John Dewey with a passion for education and a passion for democracy,a man with an open spirit, not only for America, but also for the changes that swept China andRussia in the earliest decades of the twentieth century, a man who avoided academic inflation,grandstanding, and oratorical excess, a man with a passion above all for plainness and decency, theHarry Truman of American thinkers. Not only Dewey's thought, but his life was democratic, as JayMartin shows in this fine new psychologically revealing biography. A splendid achievement.