Thesis ID: CBB001567439

Evolution and the Transformation of American Philosophy (2013)


Brady, Michael (Author)

Auxier, Randall
Anderson, Douglas
Schlesinger, Matthew
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Alexander, Thomas M.

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Advisor: Hickman, Larry A; Committee Members: Alexander, Thomas M., Auxier, Randall, Anderson, Douglas, Schlesinger, Matthew.
Physical Details: 182 pp.
Language: English

The argument of this dissertation is that the full and continued importance of evolution to the foundations and practice of American philosophy has not been fully recognized. The years surrounding the first appearance of the theory of evolution on American shores were full of scientific uncertainty and philosophical excitement. William James, Charles Sanders Peirce, and John Dewey responded to this uncertainty and excitement with a unique interpretation of evolution that recognized the deeply constructive and interactive nature of all living beings. This living idea of evolution fed back into many aspects of their mature philosophies. The early historians and commentators of this period, such as Herbert W. Schneider, and Phillip P. Wiener, whatever their view of evolution, did not fully understand the change that had just taken place in philosophy and biological science. They missed the radical change in the causal structure of science and philosophy implied by evolutionary philosophy. Later commentators on this period, with a few notable exceptions, have continued this trend. This has contributed to a disconnect of James, Peirce, and Dewey from the larger narrative of evolutionary philosophy. In this dissertation I reconnect James, Peirce, and Dewey to this larger historical narrative. I show how the narrative they began is still vitally important to our understanding of American philosophy and the philosophy of evolution.


Description Cited in Dissertation Abstracts International-A 74/11(E), May 2014. Proquest Document ID: 1427345189.

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Authors & Contributors
Manicas, Peter T.
Menand, Louis
Hookway, Christopher
Popp, Jerome A.
Pihlström, Sami
Leary, David E.
Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
Perspectives on Science
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
History of Psychology
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
History of Education
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
State University of New York Press
Reaktion Books
University of Pittsburgh
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Texas A and M University
Pragmatism; instrumentalism
Cognitive science
Dewey, John
Peirce, Charles Sanders
James, William
Darwin, Charles Robert
Hall, Granville Stanley
Frege, Gottlob
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
17th century
United States
University of Chicago

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