The Blackwell Guide to American Philosophy / Edition 1

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Overview

The Blackwell Guide to American Philosophy offers the most ambitious survey to date of American philosophical thought.
  • Provides a comprehensive history of philosophical thought in America.
  • Brings together 24 newly commissioned essays written by leading scholars in American philosophy.
  • Covers all of the major eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophical movements in America including idealism, pragmatism and naturalism.
  • Examines the major figures and themes in American philosophical thought.
  • Includes useful bibliographies.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Marsoobian and Ryder have crafted the much-needed survey of key figures and issues from the major philosophies that originated in America. This Guide delivers an admirable set of clear and concise essays, composed by prominent scholars of American philosophy. Teachers and students will be indebted to The Blackwell Guide to American Philosophy for many years to come." John R. Shook, Oklahoma State University

"This volume by many hands fills an important gap about American philosophy, as distinguished from philosophy in America. It is a sophisticated, invaluable guide to American philosophy, richly covering all the main traditions, major figures, and important themes in clear, comprehensive, and very useful fashion." Tom Rockmore, Duquesne University

"This is an excellent reference resource on the classical period of American philosophy. It reiterates and reaffirms the idea that history is really a topic of the present, and the essays present stimulating insight on an exciting period of American intellectual life that continues to inform contemporary philosophical issues." Gerald T. Burke, Reference Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631216230
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/23/2004
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy Guides Series , #25
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Armen T. Marsoobian is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University. He is co-editor of Justus Buchler’s Metaphysics of Natural Complexes (with Kathleen Wallace, 1990) and of Nature’s Perspectives: Prospects for Ordinal Metaphysics (with Kathleen Wallace and Robert S. Carrington, 1991). He is editor-in-chief of the Blackwell journal Metaphilosophy.

John Ryder is Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Office of International Programs, and Director of the Center on Russia and the United States at The State University of New York. He is author of Interpreting America: Russian and Soviet Studies of the History of American Thought (1999), editor of American Philosophic Naturalism in the Twentieth Century (1994), and co-editor of The Philosophical Writings of Cadwallader Colden (with Scott L. Pratt, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Preface
Editors' Introduction
1 Early American Philosophy 3
2 Idealism in American Thought 22
3 The First Pragmatists 35
4 Naturalism 52
5 C. S. Peirce, 1839-1914 75
6 William James, 1842-1910 101
7 Josiah Royce, 1855-1916 117
8 George Santayana, 1863-1952 135
9 John Dewey, 1859-1952 155
10 George Herbert Mead, 1863-1931 174
11 Jane Addams, 1860-1935 186
12 W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1963 199
13 Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947 210
14 C. I. Lewis, 1883-1964 226
15 Susanne K. Langer, 1895-1985 239
16 Willard Van Orman Quine, 1908-2000 247
17 Alain L. Locke, 1885-1954 263
18 Justus Buchler, 1914-1991 271
19 Community and Democracy 289
20 Knowledge and Action: American Epistemology 306
21 Religion 325
22 Education 343
23 Art and the Aesthetic 364
Epilogue: Editors' Note 395
Epilogue: The Renascence of Classical American Philosophy 397
Index 407
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