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By Russell B. Goodman

ISBN-10: 019880153X

ISBN-13: 9780198801535

ISBN-10: 0199577544

ISBN-13: 9780199577545

Russell B. Goodman tells the tale of the improvement of philosophy in the USA from the mid-18th century to the overdue nineteenth century. the most important figures during this tale, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, the writers of The Federalist, and the romantics (or 'transcendentalists') Emerson and Thoreau, weren't professors yet males of the area, whose deep formative impact on American proposal introduced philosophy including faith, politics, and
literature. Goodman considers their paintings relating to the philosophers and different thinkers they discovered vital: the deism of John Toland and Matthew Tindal, the ethical feel theories of Francis Hutcheson, Adam Smith, and David Hume, the political and non secular philosophy of John Locke, the romanticism of
William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant. Goodman discusses Edwards's condemnation and Franklin's popularity of deism, argues that Jefferson used to be an Epicurean in his metaphysical perspectives and a Christian, Stoic, and Epicurean in his ethical outlook, lines Emerson's accounts to writers from Madame de Staël to William Ellery Channing, and considers Thoreau's orientation to the universe via sitting and walking.

The morality of yank slavery is a big topic in American Philosophy earlier than Pragmatism, brought to not excuse or condemn, yet to check how 5 formidably clever humans considered the query whilst it was—as it now not is for us—open. Edwards, Franklin and Jefferson owned slaves, although Franklin and Jefferson performed vital roles in worrying the uneasy American ethical equilibrium that integrated slavery, while they authorized an American structure that included
it. Emerson and Thoreau have been sought after public rivals of slavery within the eighteen forties and fifties. The ebook includes an Interlude at the thought of a republic and concludes with an Epilogue documenting a few continuities in American philosophy, rather among Emerson and the pragmatists.

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