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A History of Philosophy in America1720-2000$
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Bruce Kuklick

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260164

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199260168.001.0001

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Philosophy and Politics

Philosophy and Politics

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(p.26) 2 Philosophy and Politics
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A History of Philosophy in America
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Bruce Kuklick (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199260168.003.0002

During the Revolutionary and Constitutional period, politics dominated the intellectual elite in a way that almost excluded religious claims. After this time, social and political thought developed in their own more practical, less philosophical tradition, oriented to the secular concerns of the Founding Fathers and following the interests of Benjamin Franklin. The tradition of philosophical theology, dominated by students of Jonathan Edwards only studied politics and society as a study derivative of its ideas about religious knowledge, and this tradition was eventually critical in American philosophy.

Keywords:   American Revolution, Constitutional period, Jonathan Edwards, Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, philosophical theology, revolutionary period, social and political philosophy

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