John Dewey

1859 - 1952

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John Dewey (; October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer. He was one of the most prominent American scholars in the first half of the twentieth century. The overriding theme of Dewey's works was his profound belief in democracy, be it in politics, education, or communication and journalism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Dewey has received more than 5,165,933 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). John Dewey is the 10th most popular psychologist (down from 9th in 2019), the 107th most popular biography from United States (down from 76th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Psychologist.

John Dewey is most famous for his work in philosophy, psychology, and education. He is most well-known for his work on pragmatism, which is the idea that truth is based on how well it works in practice.

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Among psychologists, John Dewey ranks 10 out of 235Before him are Alfred Adler, Abraham Maslow, Erich Fromm, Lev Vygotsky, Wilhelm Wundt, and Jacques Lacan. After him are Viktor Frankl, William James, Erik Erikson, Carl Rogers, Gustave Le Bon, and Albert Bandura.

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Among people born in 1859, John Dewey ranks 8Before him are Pierre Curie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henri Bergson, Knut Hamsun, L. L. Zamenhof, and Edmund Husserl. After him are Svante Arrhenius, Alfred Dreyfus, Georges Seurat, Yuan Shikai, Billy the Kid, and Sholem Aleichem. Among people deceased in 1952, John Dewey ranks 5Before him are Maria Montessori, Knut Hamsun, Eva Perón, and George VI. After him are Chaim Weizmann, Alexandra Kollontai, Wilm Hosenfeld, Paul Éluard, Karen Horney, Sveinn Björnsson, and Benedetto Croce.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Dewey ranks 107 out of 20,380Before him are Lyndon B. Johnson (1908), Frank Sinatra (1915), Nicolas Cage (1964), Vin Diesel (1967), Jimi Hendrix (1942), and Jim Morrison (1943). After him are Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929), Debbie Reynolds (1932), John Forbes Nash Jr. (1928), Joan Baez (1941), Bhumibol Adulyadej (1927), and Jack Nicholson (1937).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United States

Among psychologists born in United States, John Dewey ranks 2Before him are Abraham Maslow (1908). After him are William James (1842), Carl Rogers (1902), John B. Watson (1878), Irvin D. Yalom (1931), Edward Thorndike (1874), B. F. Skinner (1904), Howard Gardner (1943), Gordon Allport (1897), Paul Ekman (1934), and Jerome Bruner (1915).