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American Pragmatism: A Religious Genealogy

M. Gail Hamner


The development of pragmatism is the most important achievement in the history of American philosophy. M. Gail Hamner here examines the European roots of the movement in a search for what makes pragmatism uniquely American. She argues that the inextricably American character of the pragmatism of such figures as Charles Sanders Peirce and William James lies in its often‐understated affirmation of America as a uniquely religious country with a God‐given mission, and as populated by God‐fearing citizens. By looking at European and British thinkers whom the pragmatists read, Hamner examines how pr ... More

Keywords: Alexander Bain, American pragmatism, American Puritanism, belief, causality, consciousness, Europe, Germany, William Hamilton, Hermann von Helmholtz, history, William James, Charles Sanders Peirce, philosophy, pragmatism, psychology, Puritanism, religion, religiosity, Scotland, U.S.A, will, Wilhelm Wundt

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195155471
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195155475.001.0001


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M. Gail Hamner, author
Syracuse University
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