Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
American PragmatismA Religious Genealogy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

M. Gail Hamner

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195155471

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195155475.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 06 December 2019

Prologue

Prologue

The “Puritan”: Mirror of America's Self‐Understanding

Chapter:
(p.10) Prologue
Source:
American Pragmatism
Author(s):

M. Gail Hamner (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195155475.003.0002

A brief look is taken at the meanings of the terms ‘Puritans’, ‘Puritanism’ and ‘Puritan imagery’, giving a clarification of what they mean, and how they affect the author's reading of the pragmatists. An examination is also made of how the meaning of ‘Puritan’ changed over the course of the nineteenth century. In order to establish the cultural force of Puritan imagery, an investigation is also made of the context and means by which the American pragmatists took hold of and reinvented certain European scientific concepts. By examining the appeals to Puritanism from the Second Great Awakening to the Civil War, and from Reconstruction to the Gilded Age, it is shown how at different times and on behalf of particular causes, different stories about the history and destiny of America were inflected, in selective and specialized ways, by this or the other understandings of Puritanism.

Keywords:   American pragmatism, Europe, pragmatism, Puritan imagery, Puritanism, Puritans, terminology, U.S.A

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .