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By Vincent G. Potter

This selection of 13 essays, whilst considered jointly, deals a distinct standpoint at the background of yank philosophy. It illuminates for the 1st time in ebook shape, how 13 significant American philosophical thinkers considered an issue of particular curiosity within the American philosophical culture: the connection among adventure and mirrored image. Written by means of recognized specialists at the determine approximately which she or he writes, the essays are prepared chronologically to spotlight the alterations and advancements in suggestion from Puritanism to Pragmatism to approach Philosophy. whereas Doctrine and adventure can be of specific curiosity to experts in American Philosophy, there's additionally a lot to provide a person attracted to the highbrow and cultural background of the U.S.. so as of visual appeal, the essays are: Jonathan Edwards and the good Awakeningby John E. Smith middle and Head: The brain of Thomas Jeffersonby Andrew J. ReckEmerson and the yank Futureby Robert C. PollockChauncey Wright and the Pragmatistsby Edward MaddenCharles S. Peirce: motion via inspiration - The Ethics of Experienceby Vincent G. PotterLife Is within the Transitions': Radical Empiricism and modern Concernsby John J. McDermottJohn Dewey and the Metaphysics of yankee Democracyby Ralph W. SleeperIndividualization and Unification in Sartre and Deweyby Thelma Z. LevineJosiah Royce: Anticipator of eu Existentialism and Phenomenologyby Jacqueline Ann okay. KegleyThe Transcendence of Materialism and Idealism in American Thoughtby John LachsC. I. Lewis and the Pragmatic culture in American Philosophyby Sandra RosenthalThe Social Philosophy of George Herbert Meadby David MillerExistence as Transaction: A Whiteheadian examine of Causalityby Elizabeth Kraus.

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Edwards views the fruits of the Spirit as the outward manifestation of the new Page 18 sense, and his twelve signs of gracious affections are the indicators of its presence. Experimental or heart religion is thus authentic when it meets the tests; in the absence of these signs revivalistic fervor is mere heat without light. I cannot undertake here a detailed treatment of each of the twelve signs Edwards cites as criteria for judgment. It is highly significant, however, that after extensive discussion of the new sense of the heart, 11 and the characteristics of the transformed person, Edwards concludes the list with the sign of holy practice.

Emerson and America's Future Robert C. Pollock 48 4. Chauncey Wright and the Pragmatists Edward H. Madden 75 5. Charles S. Peirce: Action Through ThoughtThe Ethics of Experience Vincent G. Potter 87 6. "Life Is in the Transitions": Radical Empiricism and Contemporary Concerns John J. McDermott 104 7. John Dewey and the Metaphysics of American Democracy R. W. Sleeper 121 8. Individuation and Unification in Dewey and Sartre Thelma Z. Lavine 149 9. Josiah Royce: Anticipator of European Existentialism and Phenomenology Jacqulyn Ann K.

Judged in terms of his contemporaries, Edwards was far ahead of his time, especially in the rigor of his thought and the skill with which he appropriated secular knowledge for the interpretation and appraisal of religious experience. '' But that is, as Perry Miller suggested, only because the advancing tide of American optimism fostered dreams of worldly success which led people to cover up, if not deny, the reality of the darker side of human existence that Edwards knew so well. " Be that as it may, our task is, not to judge Edwards' thought as a whole, but to understand the Great Awakening and especially Edwards' critical appraisal of it.

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