1st Edition

American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia

Edited By John Lachs, Robert B. Talisse Copyright 2008

    The Encyclopedia of American Philosophy provides coverage of the major figures, concepts, historical periods and traditions in American philosophical thought. Containing over 600 entries written by scholars who are experts in the field, this Encyclopedia is the first of its kind. It is a scholarly reference work that is accessible to the ordinary reader by explaining complex ideas in simple terms and providing ample cross-references to facilitate further study. The Encyclopedia of American Philosophy contains a thorough analytical index and will serve as a standard, comprehensive reference work for universities and colleges.

    Topics covered include:

    Great philosophers: Emerson, Dewey, James, Royce, Peirce, Santayana

    Subjects: Pragmatism, Progress, the Future, Knowledge, Democracy, Growth, Truth

    Influences on American Philosophy: Hegel, Aristotle, Plato, British Enlightenment, Reformation

    Self-Assessments: Joe Margolis, Donald Davidson, Susan Haack, Peter Hare, John McDermott, Stanley Cavell

    Ethics: Value, Pleasure, Happiness, Duty, Judgment, Growth

    Political Philosophy: Declaration of Independence, Democracy, Freedom, Liberalism, Community, Identity




    Sample Contents (A-C) A priori / A posteriori: knowledge  A priori / A posteriori: method  A priori / A posteriori: pragmatic  A priori / A posteriori: truth  Abduction  Absolute  Action  Activity  Actual Occasion  Actuality  Adams, Elie Maynard  Adams, Henry Brooks  Adams, John  Adaptation  Addams, Jane and Hull-House  Adjustment  Adler, Felix  Aesthetics  African American Philosophy  Agapasm  Agassiz, Louis  Agent / Agency  Aiken, Henry  Allan, George  Ambiguity  American Existentialism  Anabaptist  Analysis, Philosophical  Analytic: analytic/synthetic  Analytic: knowledge  Analytic: truths  Anancasm  Anomalous Monism  Anti-Nomianism  Antinomies  Anti-Realism  Apel, Karl-Otto  Architectonic  Architecture  Argument  Argumentation  Argumentum ad hominem  Aristotle, influence of  Arminianism. Art  Artificial Intelligence  Arts, The  Asian Philosophy, Influence of  Assertibility  Association/Associationism  Atheism  Attention  Autonomy  Axiology  Barrett, William  Beauty  Behaviorism  Being  Belief  Bertocci, Peter Anthony  Bioethics  Blanshard, Brand  Blau, Joseph  Boas, George  Body  Body/Mind  Bowne, Borden Parker  Brain-in-vat  Brightman, Edgar Sheffield  Buchler, Justus  Burke, Kenneth  Business Ethics  Calkins, Mary Whiton  Calvinism  Carnap, Rudolph  Carus, Paul  Categories  Cause / Causation  Cavell, Stanley  Certainty  Chance  Change  Character  Charity, Principle of  Chicago Pragmatists  Chisholm, Roderick  Chornsky, Noam  Christian Science  Christianity  Civil Disobedience  Civil War. Classification. Cobb, John B. Jr.. Cohen, Morris Raphael. Coherence. Columbia Naturalism. Common Sense. Communication. Communitarianism  Community  Community Psychology  Compatibilism  Concept / Conception  Concrete Reasonableness  Conditionals  Conditions and Consequences  Consciousness  Consensus  Consequentialism  Conservatism  Constructivism  Consummatory Experience  Context  Contingency  Continuity  Corporate Personality  Cosmology  Courage  Creativity  Critical Commonsensism  Critical Realism  Criticism  Cultural Pluralism  Culture


    John Lachs is Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He received his Ph. D. from Yale University in 1961. He taught at the College of William and Mary for eight years before moving to Vanderbilt. He is the author of Intermediate Man (1981), In love with Life (1998), Mind and Philosophers (1987), the Relevance of Philosophy to Life (1995), and A Community of Individuals (2003).

    Robert B. Talisse is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He earned his Ph. D. from City University of New York in 2001. He is the author of dozens of articles and two books, Democracy After Liberalism (2005) and A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy (2007).

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