1st Edition

John Dewey Prophet of an Educated Democracy

By Philip B. Moore Copyright 2025
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    This concise biography tells the story of John Dewey, a pioneer of pragmatism and the first original school of philosophy created in America. The school was born out of a specific historical context, in the wake of a country at war with itself, and in response to the rapid changes of industrialization. Dewey’s pragmatism celebrated human intelligence and agency and the promise that tomorrow could be better than today. For Dewey, pragmatism was the philosophy of democracy.

    Dewey lived from just before the Civil War to just before school integration. As such, the book touches on many key moments in American history, from social reform in turn of the century Chicago, to censorship during World War One, and to the government’s responsibilities in the Great Depression. It covers all this in the context of the life of a man whose ideas helped shape American culture and intellectual life.

    John Dewey: Prophet of an Educated Democracy will appeal to students, scholars, and all those interested in American philosophy and history of the 19th and 20th centuries. It will also compliment humanities courses on American philosophy, history, and intellectual traditions.

    Introduction: American Genius


    Chapter One: The Last Vermont Transcendentalist


    Chapter Two: A Tramp Upon the Highway


    Chapter Three: The Great Extensionist


    Chapter Four: Visionary of the Here and Now


    Chapter Five: Philosopher of the American Continent


    Chapter Six: Enemy Number One/ One of the Greatest Americans


    Epilogue: The Dewey Project




    Philip B. Moore is an assistant professor of education at Gratz College where he teaches courses in creativity, leadership and the history of education. His most recent written work includes essays on artist Ray Johnson, actor Sal Mineo, and punk musician Darby Crash for the Gay & Lesbian Review.

    Philip Moore brings John Dewey to life. Packed with insights about Dewey’s thinking on education, art, and democracy, and how it evolved during a pivotal time in American history, this book offers us a useful intellectual history. Moore has an eye for detail and anecdote, and this book works on so many levels: Dewey’s ideas, his personal relationships, and the places and colleges where Dewey studied, taught, and lived.”


    Jackson Kytle, author of To Want To Learn: Insights and Provocations for Engaged Learning