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The Blackwell Guide to American Philosophy

The Blackwell Guide to American Philosophy

Armen T. Marsoobian (Editor), John Ryder (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-14296-0

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

432 pages

$45.99

Description

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.
Notes on Contributors.

Preface.

Editors’ Introduction.

PART I: HISTORICAL TRADITIONS.

1. Early American Philosophy (John Ryder).

2. Idealism in American Thought (Douglas Anderson).

3. The First Pragmatists (Joseph Margolis).

4. Naturalism (Michael Eldridge).

PART II. MAJOR FIGURES IN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY.

5. C.S. Peirce, 1839-1914 (Vincent Colapietro).

6. William James, 1842-1910 (William J. Gavin).

7. Josiah Royce, 1855-1916 (Frank M. Oppenheim, SJ).

8. George Santayana, 1863-1952 (Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.).

9. John Dewey, 1859-1952 (Larry A. Hickman).

10. George Herbert Mead, 1863-1931 (Mitchell Aboulafia).

11. Jane Addams, 1860-1935 (Charlene Haddock Seigfried).

12. W.E.B. Du Bois, 1868-1963 (Shannon Sullivan).

13. Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947 (John W. Lango).

14. C.I. Lewis, 1883-1964 (Sandra B. Rosenthal).

15. Suzanne K. Langer, 1895-1985 (Richard E. Hart).

16. Willard Van Orman Quine, 1908-2000 (Peter T. Manicas).

17. Alain L. Locke, 1885-1954 (Leonard Harris).

18. Justus Buchler, 1914-1991 (Kathleen Wallace).

PART III. MAJOR THEMES IN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY.

19. Community and Democracy (James Campbell).

20. Knowledge and Action: American Epistemology (Scott L. Pratt(.

21. Religion (William D. Dean).

22. Education (Nicholas C. Burbules, Bryan Warnick, Timothy McDonough, and Scott Johnston).

23. Art and the Aesthetic (Armen T. Marsoobian).

Epilogue: Editor’s Note.

Epilogue: The Renascence of Classical American Philosophy (John J. McDermott).

Index.

"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 <!--end-->


"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


  • 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.