History of Philosophy in America, 1720-2000

History of Philosophy in America, 1720-2000

by Bruce Kuklick
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History of Philosophy in America, 1720-2000

Here at last is the only up-to-date history of American philosophy, an American counterpart to Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy. In this fascinating volume, the eminent historian Bruce Kuklick tells the story of the growth of philosophical thinking in the United States, in the context of intellectual and social change. He sketches the genesis of these intellectual practices in New England Calvinism and the writing of Jonathan Edwards. He discusses theology in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the origins of collegiate philosophy in the early part of the nineteenth century. We see the development of secular preconceptions and the emergence, after Darwin's writings of the mid-late nineteenth century, of forms of thought hostile to religion. All of the great American thinkers are portrayed and their contributions to philosophy assessed—from Charles Peirce to William James, John Dewey to C. I. Lewis, and Wilfrid Sellars to W. V. Quine. The work brings us right up to date with the first historical treatment of the period after pragmatism, and the fragmentation of philosophy in the second half of the twentieth century. The author steers a controversial course between the divergent views that historians and philosophers take of the significance of philosophy in recent years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199260164
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 1,279,938
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Speculative Thought in America, 1720-1868
1. Calvinism and Jonathan Edwards
2. Philosophy and Politics
3. Theological Disputes
4. Collegiate Philosophy
5. Innovative Amateurs
The Age of Pragmatism, 1859-1934
6. The Shape of Revolution
7. The Consensus on Idealism, 1870-1900
8. Pragmatism in Cambridge
9. Pragmatism at Harvard
10. Instrumentalism in Chicago and New York
Professional Philosophy 1912-2000
11. Professional Realism
12. Europe's Impact on the United States
13. Harvard and Oxford
14. The Tribulations of Professional Philosophy
Methods, Sources, Notes; Acknowledgements; Index

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