J. J. Chambliss


John Dewey's most intense period of work in philosophy of education during and immediately after the Chicago years culminated in Democracy and Education in 1916. After that, he produced fewer writings on education, but is still remembered for The Sources of a Science of Education, Experience and Education, and numerous articles in journals. Yet the longest account of philosophy of education after Democracy and Education is little known. This is a course of lectures on educational philosophy given at the University of Cincinnati in 1937, two decades after Democracy and Education. A stenographic record of the lectures was made, which consists of 237 double-spaced typewritten pages. Two earlier sets of lectures in philosophy of education have survived — one given in 1896, the other in 1899. (The 1896, 1899, and 1937 lectures will be referenced as LI, L2, and L3, respectively.) The 1937 course was intensive: Dewey lectured for 5 days a week for two weeks in the 1937 Summer School, one lecture a day on two days, two lectures on each of the remaining 8 days, for a total of 18 lectures, June 7 to June 11, and June 14 to June 18. (For purposes of reference, the lectures are numbered 1-18; e.g., L3,15 means the 1937 lectures, lecture 15. The division into sub-headings was made by the present writer.)