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John Dewey (1859-1952) Chronology

  • 1858 – Dewey is born in Burlington, Vermont on October 2o.
  • 1879 – Dewey is granted an A.B. degree from the University of Vermont.
  • 1879-1881 – Teaches high school and serves as Assistant Principal in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
  • 1881-1882 – Teaches at Lake View Seminary in Charlotte, Vermont.
  • 1882-1884 – Dewey attends graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
  • 1884 – Dewey is granted his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Instructor at the University of Michigan, Department of Philosophy.
  • 1886 – Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan. Dewey marries Alice Chipman.
  • 1887 – “Psychology” is published. Son Frederick Archibald is born.
  • 1888 – “The Ethics of Democracy” is published in the University of Michigan’s Philosophical Papers series. “Leibniz’s New Essays Concerning the Human Understanding” is published.
  • 1888-1889 – Professor and Chair of Mental and Moral Philosophy and Logic, University of Minnesota.
  • 1889 – Daughter Evelyn Riggs is born. Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan.
  • 1892 – Son Morris is born.
  • 1894 – Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago. Founds Laboratory Schools at the University of Chicago.
  • 1895 – While traveling in Europe, son Morris dies in Milan of diphtheria.
  • 1896-1904 – Director, Laboratory School, University of Chicago.
  • 1896 – Daughter Evelyn contracts diphtheria. Son Gordon Chipman is born. “The Reflex Arc Concept in Psychology” is published in Psychological Review.
  • 1897 – Elected to the Board of Trustees, Hull-House Association. National Education Association Council Member. Daughter Lucy Alice is born.
  • 1899 – “The School and Society” is published. President of the American Psychological Association. President, University Senate, University of Chicago.
  • 1900 – Daughter Jane Mary is born.
  • 1902 – Editor, “Elementary School Review”. Appointed Director of School of Education and Head of Philosophy Department, University of Chicago.
  • 1904 – Professor of Philosophy with a Lectureship in Psychology, Columbia University. While traveling in Europe, son Gordon dies in Ireland.
  • 1905 – Adopts Sabino Dewey, age five, in Italy.
  • 1905-1906 – President of the American Philosophical Society.
  • 1908 – Dewey and J. H. Tufts’ “Ethics” is published. “What Pragmatism Means by Practical” and “Does Reality Possess Practical Character?” are published.
  • 1910 – “How We Think and The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy” are published. Elected to National Academy of Sciences. General Committee member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
  • 1913-1914 – President of the National Kindergarten Association.
  • 1914 – Appointed Chairman of a committee to organize the American Association of University Professors.
  • 1916 – “Democracy and Education” and “Essays in Experimental Logic” are published. “Understanding the Mind of Germany” is published in Atlantic Monthly and “Force and Coercion” is published in the International Journal of Ethics.
  • 1918 – Accepts Editorship of Dial.
  • 1919-1921 – Lectures in Japan. Lectures in China.
  • 1920 – “Reconstruction in Philosophy” is published.
  • 1922 – “Human Nature and Conduct” is published.
  • 1924 – Conducts educational survey of Turkey.
  • 1925 – “Experience and Nature” is published. Member of Board of Trustees of the China Foundation for the Promotion of Education and Culture.
  • 1926 – Conducts educational survey of Mexico.
  • 1927 – “The Public and its Problems” is published. Alice Chipman Dewey dies.
  • 1928 – Conducts educational survey of the Soviet Union. Member of National Advisory Committee of the Sacco-Vanzetti National League. Meets to form League for Independent Political Action (LIPA) and elected to provisional Executive Committee.
  • 1929 – “The Quest for Certainty” is published. President, People’s Lobby. Elected Chairman of National Committee of LIPA.
  • 1930 – Dewey resigns, appointed Professor Emeritus from Columbia University. “From Absolutism to Experimentalism” is published. “Individualism, Old and New” is published. Vice-President, League for Industrial Democracy. Dewey publishes an open letter in The New York Times to US Senator George Norris asking him to leave the Republican Party and join LIPA in forming a third party.
  • 1931 – Chairman, People’s Lobby Joint Committee on Unemployment. Vice-President, All America Reciprocity Union. Member, American Civil Liberties Union National Committee on Labor Injunctions. Chairman, Joint Committee on Unemployment.
  • 1932 – Dewey and J. H. Tufts’s revised “Ethics” is published.
  • 1933-1935 Vice-president, American Association of Cultural Relations with Russia.
  • 1934 – “A Common Faith” and “Art as Experience” are published. Travels in Southern Africa.
  • 1935 – “Liberalism and Social Action” is published.
  • 1937 – Serves as Chair of the Commission of Inquiry into the Charges made against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow Trials, Mexico.
  • 1938 – “Logic: The Theory of Inquiry” and “Experience and Education” are published.
  • 1939 – “Freedom and Culture” and “Theory of Valuation” are published. President, League for Industrial Democracy.
  • 1941 – Sponsors Committee for a Boycott against Japanese Aggression and National Boycott against Aggressor Nations.
  • 1942 – Member, National Committees of both the International Rescue and Relief Committee and the Civil Rights Defense Committee. Charter member of the American Society for Aesthetics.
  • 1946 – Dewey marries Roberta Lowitz Grant. “Knowing and the Known” is published.
  • 1952 – Vice-president, Ethical Union. Advisory Committee Member, Committee of Racial Equality. Dewey dies in New York City on June 1st.

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