History of Philosophy in America, 1720-2000

ISBN-10: 0199260168
ISBN-13: 9780199260164
Edition: 2003
Authors: Bruce Kuklick
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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Here at last is an American counterpart to Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy. The eminent historian Bruce Kuklick tells the fascinating story of the growth of philosophical thinking in the USA, in the context of the intellectual and social changes of the times. Kuklick 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. Philosophy is situated in a variety of cultural contexts - the ministry, the growing system of higher learning, the conflict between philosophers and theologians and between amateur and professional thinkers, the suspicion of European ideas, and worries about the relevance of philosophy to public and political life. Kuklick's narrative portrays such great thinkers as Charles Peirce, William James, John Dewey, C. I. Lewis, Wilfrid Sellars, W. V. Quine, and Richard Rorty, and assesses their contributions to philosophy. He 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. Kuklick steers a controversial course between the divergent views that historians and philosophers take of the significance of philosophy in recent years. Anyone interested in American intellectual history, or in how philosophy got where it is today, will enjoy this book.

Bruce Kuklick is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

Speculative Thought in America, 1720-1868
Calvinism and Jonathan Edwards
Philosophy and Politics
Theological Dispute
From Joseph Bellamy, True Religion Delineated (1750) to Nathaniel William Taylor, Moral Government of God (1858)
Collegiate Philosophy
From John Witherspoon, Lectures on Moral Philosophy (1800) to Noah Porter, The Human Intellect (1868)
Innovative Amateurs
From James Marsh's Edition of Coleridge's Aids to Reflection (1829) to the Journal of Speculative Philosophy (1867)
The Age of Pragmatism, 1859-1934
The Shape of Revolution
The Impact in America of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species (1859), J. S. Mill's Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy (1865), and German higher criticism
The Consensus on Idealism, 1870-1900
Pragmatism in Cambridge
From Charles Peirce 'On a New List of Categories' (1867) to Morris Cohen (ed.), Chance, Love, and Logic: Philosophical Essays by the Late Charles S. Peirce, the Founder of Pragmatism (1923)
Pragmatism at Harvard
From William James, 'Spencer's Definition of Mind' (1878) to Josiah Royce, The Problem of Christianity (1913)
Instrumentalism in Chicago and New York
From John Dewey (ed.), Studies in Logical Theory (1903) to John Dewey, A Common Faith (1934)
Professional Philosophy, 1912-2000
Professional Realism
From The New Realism (1912) to Wilfrid Sellars, 'Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind' (1956)
Europe's Impact on the United States
From Rudolph Carnap, Logische Aufbau der Welt (1928) to Herbert Marcuse, One Dimensional Man (1964)
Harvard and Oxford
From Nelson Goodman, 'The Problem of Counterfactual Conditionals' (1946) to W. V. O. Quine, 'Empirically Equivalent Systems of the World' (1975)
The Tribulations of Professional Philosophy
From Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) to Richard Rorty, Philosophy and Social Hope (1999)
Methods, Sources, Notes

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