family name; Melvil Dewey (1851-1931), American educator and inventor of the Dewey Decimal System; John Dewey (1859-1952), American philosopher and educator, one of the founders of the school of Pragmatism
(1859-1952) professor at Chicago and Columbia; philosopher and educational theorist; pragmatist; designed progressive education; strong evolutionist; critical of traditional religion; humanist; emphasized science, intelligence and education. Wrote 1. A Common Faith, 2. The Quest for Certainty, 3. How We Think, 4. Reconstruction in Philosophy, 5. Human Nature and Conduct, and 6. Art as Experience. Don't confuse him with Melville Dewey who devised the Dewey Decimal system of library classification.
Noun 1. United States librarian who founded the decimal system of classification (1851-1931) (synonym) Melvil Dewey, Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey (hypernym) librarian, bibliothec 2. a United States naval officer remembered for his victory at Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War (synonym) George Dewey, Admiral Dewey (hypernym) naval officer 3. United States pragmatic philosopher who advocated progressive education (1859-1952) (synonym) John Dewey (hypernym) philosopher