John Dewey

John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. He is one of the primary figures associated with the philosophy of pragmatism and is considered one of the fathers of functional psychology.


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  1. 1. How We Think

    The book explores the process of thinking, emphasizing the importance of education in developing critical thinking skills. It delves into the relationship between thought and language, the role of experience in shaping thought, and the necessity of applying reflective thinking to education. The author argues for a more active, student-centered approach in schools, promoting inquiry and problem-solving to better prepare students for the demands of modern society. The work is both a philosophical treatise and a practical guide for educators seeking to implement more effective teaching methodologies.

    The 2597th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Philosophy and Civilization

    "Philosophy and Civilization" is a collection of essays that explore the relationship between philosophy and the problems of human life. The author argues that philosophy should not be a mere abstract discipline, but should be connected to human concerns and society. He discusses various topics such as the role of philosophy in education, democracy, and ethics, and emphasizes the importance of practical wisdom in addressing societal issues. The book encourages readers to view philosophy as a tool for solving problems and improving civilization.

    The 2935th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Experience And Nature

    This philosophical work delves into the intricate relationship between human experience and the natural world, arguing that nature and experience are not separate entities but deeply interconnected. The author challenges traditional dualisms and emphasizes the continuity of experience, proposing that understanding this continuity is crucial for comprehending the human condition and the environment in which we live. Through a detailed examination of logic, aesthetics, and ethics, the text advocates for a philosophy grounded in the reality of everyday life and the natural processes that shape it, suggesting that a more profound engagement with the natural world can lead to a richer, more meaningful human experience.

    The 3157th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The School and the Child

    "The School and the Child" is a thought-provoking work that delves into the philosophy of education. The author advocates for a progressive and child-centered approach to education, asserting that learning should be interactive, practical, and relevant to the child's life. The book argues against the traditional, rigid, and teacher-centered methods of education, emphasizing the importance of fostering creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in students. It also highlights the role of schools in shaping the social, emotional, and moral development of children.

    The 3490th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Experience and Education

    The book is a critical exploration of the theories and practices of traditional and progressive education. The author argues that neither approach is adequate in isolation and advocates for an educational philosophy that combines elements of both. He emphasizes the importance of experience in the learning process, suggesting that education should be rooted in experiential learning that adapts to the needs and abilities of individual students. The book challenges educators to think critically about the purpose of education and to develop methods that ensure students are not just passive recipients of knowledge, but active participants in their own learning journey.

    The 6807th Greatest Book of All Time