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American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia

1st Edition

Edited by John Lachs, Robert B. Talisse


850 pages

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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


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Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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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