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American Philosophy: The Basics

1st Edition

By Nancy Stanlick


180 pages

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American Philosophy: The Basics introduces the history of American thought from early Calvinists to the New England Transcendentalists and from contract theory to contemporary African American philosophy. The key question it asks is: what it is that makes American Philosophy unique? This lively and compelling book moves through key periods in the development of American thought from the founding fathers to the transcendentalists and pragmatists to contemporary social commentators. Readers are introduced to:

  • Some of the most important thinkers in American history including Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Paine, Charles Sanders Pierce, Thomas Kuhn, Cornel West and many more
  • Developments in five key areas of thought: epistemology, metaphysics, religion and ethics, social philosophy, and political philosophy
  • The contributions of American women, African-Americans and Native Americans.

Featuring suggestions for further reading and assuming no prior knowledge of philosophy, this is an ideal first introduction for anyone studying or interested in the history of American thought.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Genesis of Euro-American Philosophy 3. The Enlightenment Revolutionaries 4. Beyond the Enlightenment Revolutionaries 5. New England Transcendentalism and the Continuing Spirit of Reform 6. The Pragmatists 7. Part I Recent Developments in American Philosophy 8. Part II Recent Developments in American Philosophy Glossary

About the Author

Nancy Stanlick is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / United States / General