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A History of Philosophy in America: 1720-2000

Bruce Kuklick


I have been selective in my emphases rather than encyclopaedic and exhaustive. In focusing on American philosophy, the book makes implicit claims about thought and life related to a peculiar western polity and the US, by the nineteenth century. The study of the history of philosophy finally requires complex judgements of quality, which are both questionable and necessary. I have depicted student–teacher relations, conventions of argument, and constellations of problems that endure over generations; and the cultural setting and institutional connections that make up an enterprise of philosophy. ... More

Keywords: American philosophy, John Dewey, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, history of philosophy, William James, Thomas Kuhn, Bruce Kuklick, Charles Peirce, pragmatism, professional philosophy, Richard Rorty, Josiah Royce, social and political philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199260164
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199260168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Kuklick, author
Nichols Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
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