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John Dewey postage stampJohn Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform.

The John Dewey Lectures, in memory of John Dewey, were established in 2006 by the John Dewey Foundation and the APA. They are three annual lectures, one at each divisional meeting of the APA (Eastern, Central, and Pacific), given by a prominent and senior (typically retired) philosopher associated with that Division, who is invited to reflect broadly and in an autobiographical spirit on philosophy in America as seen from the perspective of a personal intellectual journey.

The APA publishes the Dewey Lectures each year in the Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association.


Each Dewey Lecturer receives a monetary award in addition to the honor of being selected. Beginning with the 2015–2016 lectures, each Dewey Lecturer will receive a prize of $1,000.

Previous Awardees


  • Richard Kraut (Central 2020)


  • Cora Diamond: Reflections of a Dinosaur (Eastern 2019)
  • Alison Jaggar: Academic Philosophy: What Is It? What Do We Want It To Be? (Central 2019)
  • Michael Friedman: Philosophy, Science, and History: A Personal Perspective (Pacific 2019)


  • Virginia Held: Philosophy, Feminism, and Care (Eastern 2018)
  • Robert Audi: Five Decades of Philosophy (Central 2018)
  • Gary Watson: On Reflection (Pacific 2018)


  • William Lycan: On Evidence in Philosophy (Eastern 2017)
  • Margaret Atherton: My History: Becoming an Historian of Philosophy (Central 2017)
  • Alison Wylie: Philosophy from the Ground Up (Pacific 2017)


  • Edward S. Casey: A Life in Philosophy in Several Stages (Eastern 2016)
  • Charles Mills: The Red and the Black (Central 2016)
  • Linda Zagzebski: The Joys and Sorrows of a Philosophical Life (Pacific 2016)


  • Thomas McCarthy: Philosophy in the Stream of Life (Eastern 2014)
  • Peter Railton: Innocent Abroad: Rupture, Liberation, and Solidarity (Central 2015)
  • Nancy Cartwright: The Philosophy of Social Technology: Get on Board (Pacific 2015)


  • Amelie Rorty: A Philosophic Travelogue (Eastern 2013)
  • Elizabeth Anderson: Journeys of a Feminist Pragmatist (Central 2014)
  • Helen E. Longino: Interdependence: Social and Epistemological (Pacific 2014)


  • Judith Jarvis Thomson: How It Was (Eastern 2012)
  • Elisabeth A. Lloyd: Philosophical Adventures (Central 2013)
  • Hubert L. Dreyfus: Standing Up to Analytic Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence at MIT in the Sixties (Pacific 2013)


  • Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr.: Reconstructions in Academic Philosophy (Eastern 2011)
  • Ruth Garrett Millikan: Accidents (Central 2012)
  • Julia Annas: The Philosopher’s Path (Pacific 2012)


  • Harry Frankfurt: Reflections of My Career in Philosophy (Eastern 2010)
  • Bernard Boxill: The Value of Memory (Central 2011)
  • Marilyn McCord Adams: God and Evil Among the Philosophers (Pacific 2011)


  • Ruth Barcan Marcus: A Philosopher’s Calling (Eastern 2009)
  • Alasdair MacIntyre: On Not Knowing Where You Are Going (Central 2010)
  • John Perry: Wretched Subterfuge: A Defense of Freedom and Natural Causation (Pacific 2010)


  • J. B. Schneewind: Sixty Years of Philosophy in a Life (Eastern 2008)
  • Michael Tooley: A Philosophical Journey (Central 2009)
  • Barbara Herman: Morality and Moral Theory (Pacific 2009)


  • Hilary Putnam: 12 Philosophers – And Their Influence on Me (Eastern 2007)
  • Claudia Card: Unnatural Lotteries and Diversity in Philosophy (Central 2008)
  • Barry Stroud: The Pursuit of Philosophy (Pacific 2008)


  • Richard J. Bernstein: The Romance of Philosophy (Eastern 2006)
  • Nicholas Wolterstorff: A Life in Philosophy (Central 2007)
  • Keith Lehrer: Loop Theory: Knowledge, Art, and Autonomy (Pacific 2007)

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The John Dewey Lectures, generously sponsored by the John Dewey Foundation, have been presented annually at each American Philosophical Association meeting since 2006. Each John Dewey Lecture is given by a prominent and senior (typically retired) American philosopher who is invited to reflect, broadly and in an autobiographical spirit, on philosophy in America.
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