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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:
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.
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