American Philosophy: A Historical Anthology

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Barbara MacKinnon
SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1985 - Philosophy - 688 pages
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This anthology demonstrates the richness and diversity of the American intellectual heritage. In it we see how Jonathan Edwards grapples with the problem of how to reconcile freedom and responsibility with Calvinist religious beliefs; how Franklin and Jefferson exemplified American enlightenment thought; and how the Transcendentalists, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, formulated their particular romantic idealist beliefs.

A second and significant portion of the anthology is devoted to Pragmatism. Substantive excerpts from Peirce, James and Dewey, as well as Royce, are collected here.

A third part is devoted to other Twentieth-Century American philosophies. No other collection of writings in this field includes the breadth of coverage that this one does. Among the chapters in this third part of the book are those on early Process Philosophy, Phenomenology, Positivism, and Language Philosophies. Selections from such philosophers as Whitehead, Weiss, Buchler, Gurwitsch, Sellars, Quine, Davidson, and Rawls, along with many others are included in this part. A final chapter is devoted to twentieth-century American Moral Philosophy.

The book is specifically designed to be used as a text for courses in American philosophy. A substantive introduction that emphasizes the historical setting as well as major interests and ideas of the philosophers accompanies each chapter. Extensive bibliographies and study guide questions follow each chapter. The selections include more than any one course will cover, but in their completeness also allow individual teachers and readers to select what they want.
  

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Contents

Puritan Thought
3
JONATHAN EDWARDS
9
STUDY QUESTIONS
29
BIBLIOGRAPHY
30
The American Enlightenment
33
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
41
THOMAS JEFFERSON
54
STUDY QUESTIONS
62
Thomism
361
BERNARD LONERGAN
366
ANTON PEGIS
375
STUDY QUESTIONS
386
Process Philosophy
389
ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD
397
CHARLES HARTSHORNE
414
STUDY QUESTIONS
424

Transcendentalism
66
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
74
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
91
STUDY QUESTIONS
98
BIBLIOGRAPHY
99
Classical American Philosophy
103
Evolutionary Thought
105
JOHN FISKE
120
CHAUNCEY WRIGHT
132
JOHN DEWEY
142
STUDY QUESTIONS
150
BIBLIOGRAPHY
151
Pragmatism
154
CHARLES SANDERS PEIRCE
159
STUDY QUESTIONS
166
The Pragmaticism and Metaphysics of Charles Sanders Peirce
169
STUDY QUESTIONS
212
BIBLIOGRAPHY
213
The Pragmatism and Radical Empiricism of William James
215
STUDY QUESTIONS
254
BIBLIOGRAPHY
255
The Experimentalism and Naturalism of John Dewey
258
STUDY QUESTIONS
282
BIBLIOGRAPHY
283
The Idealism and Absolute Pragmatism of Josiah Royce
285
STUDY QUESTIONS
320
BIBLIOGRAPHY
321
TwentiethCentury Philosophy in America
325
EarlyTwentiethCentury Realism and Naturalism
327
THE NEW REALISM
337
CRITICAL REALISM
350
GEORGE SANTAYANA
355
STUDY QUESTIONS
358
BIBLIOGRAPHY
425
Systematic Metaphysics
428
JUSTUS BUCHLER
435
PAUL WEISS
442
ROBERT C NEVILLE
451
WILFRID SELLARS
458
STUDY QUESTIONS
469
Phenomenology
472
RICHARD SCHMITT
478
ARON GURWITSCH
487
DON IHDE
493
STUDY QUESTIONS
503
BIBLIOGRAPHY
504
The New Empiricism
508
C I LEWIS
528
RUDOLF CARNAP
546
W V O QUINE
557
STUDY QUESTIONS
565
BIBLIOGRAPHY
566
Language Philosophy
570
JOHN SEARLE
577
NORMAN MALCOLM
585
DONALD DAVIDSON
597
STUDY QUESTIONS
604
TwentiethCentury American Moral Philosophy
607
JOHN DEWEY
620
CHARLES STEVENSON
625
KURT BAIER
633
JOHN RAWLS
638
RUTH MACKLIN
648
STUDY QUESTIONS
662
Index
681
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Barbara MacKinnon is Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco.

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