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American Philosophy before Pragmatism
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American Philosophy before Pragmatism

Russell B. Goodman

Abstract

This study of five American thinkers—Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau—considers their work in relation to the philosophers and other thinkers they found important: to the deism of John Toland and Matthew Tindal, the moral sense theories of Francis Hutcheson, Adam Smith, and David Hume, the political and religious philosophy of John Locke, the romanticism of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant. The book considers Edwards’s condemnation and Franklin’s acceptance of deis ... More

Keywords: Edwards, Franklin, Jefferson, Emerson, Thoreau, deism, slavery, republic, romanticism, pragmatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577545.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell B. Goodman, author
University of New Mexico

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