John Dewey

(1859 - 1952)

After two years as a high school teacher in Oil City, Pennsylvania, and another in Charlotte, Vermont, John Dewey decided he was better suited for graduate school. In 1882 he borrowed five hundred dollars from his aunt and enrolled at Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote “The Psychology of Kant,” his unpublished and now missing thesis. By 1916 he had published Democracy and Education and had come to be known as one of the country’s leading voices of pragmatist philosophy.