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By Nancy Stanlick

ISBN-10: 0415689708

ISBN-13: 9780415689700

American Philosophy: The Basics introduces the historical past of yank proposal from early Calvinists to the hot England Transcendentalists and from agreement idea to modern African American philosophy. the main query it asks is: what it truly is that makes American Philosophy specific? This full of life and compelling e-book strikes via key classes within the improvement of yank concept from the founding fathers to the transcendentalists and pragmatists to modern social commentators. Readers are brought to:
* the most very important thinkers in American historical past together with Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Paine, Charles Sanders Pierce, Thomas Kuhn, Cornel West and plenty of extra
* advancements in 5 key parts of idea: epistemology, metaphysics, faith and ethics, social philosophy, and political philosophy
* The contributions of yankee girls, African-Americans and local Americans.

Featuring feedback for extra examining and assuming no past wisdom of philosophy, this can be an awesome first advent for someone learning or drawn to the background of yankee thought.

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Constitution was too strong and that the public good would be swallowed up in competing interests. Federalists tended to put too much emphasis on the notion that there is an essence of human nature leading to the need to control individual interests. On the other hand, it is perhaps one of the greatest strengths of the American experiment in representative government that it can accommodate a panoply of points of view and continue to thrive. 39 40 THE ENLIGHTENMENT REVOLUTIONARIES Even with the success of representative government in the United States, from the very beginning it has been characterized by differences in principles and policies that lead to impasse in making decisions or to lengthy processes allowing injustices to continue.

In addition, Jesus’ divine status makes no difference to the moral teachings provided by his life and words. This view prefigures the attitude of the Pragmatists late in the eighteenth century who all considered it a waste of time and intellectual energy to try to answer questions that are unanswerable and that, even if they were answerable, would make no practical or concrete difference. If the moral teachings of Jesus and Christianity are worthwhile because they are useful, their source is irrelevant.

Because the philosophical positions of the reformers of this chapter center on the use of religious concepts to address the moral, social, BEYOND THE ENLIGHTENMENT REVOLUTIONARIES and political plight of slaves and women, the remainder of this chapter combines religious concepts and arguments in moral, social, and political realms. THE PROBLEM OF SLAVERY Just over a year before Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence (1776), Paine, ever the true revolutionary, wrote African Slavery in America (1775).

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