John Dewey


Philosophy 1884-1904

JOHN DEWEY was born at Burlington, Vermont, October 20, 1859, son of Archibald S. and Lucina (Rich) Dewey. After finishing a high school course in his native city he entered the University of Vermont, and was graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1879. He pursued post-graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, and received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1884. In the same year he became connected with the teaching force of the University of Michigan, holding successively the following positions: Instructor in Philosophy, 1884-1886; Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1886-1888; Professor of Philosophy, 1889-1894. In the year 1888-1889 he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. Upon severing his connection with the University of Michigan he accepted a call to the professorship of Philosophy in the University of Chicago, where he was later also Director of the School of Education. He remained there till 1904, when he resigned, and soon after accepted a professorship of Philosophy at Columbia University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Philosophical Association. Besides numerous contributions to the Philosophical and Psychological Reviews, he is author of the following works: "Psychology" (1887), "Leibnitz" (1888), "Critical Theory of Ethics" (1891), "Study of Ethics" (1894), "School and Society" (1899), "Studies in Logical Theory" (1903). In 1904 the University of Wisconsin conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws. He was married at Fenton, Michigan, July 28, 1886, to Harriet Alice Chipman (Ph.B. 1886), and they have four children living: Frederick Archibald, Evelyn, Lucy Alice, and Jane Mary.

Burke A. Hinsdale and Isaac Newton Demmon, History of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1906), pp. 282-283.