By Nancy Stanlick
American Philosophy: The Basics introduces the historical past of yank notion from early Calvinists to the hot England Transcendentalists and from agreement thought to modern African American philosophy. the major query it asks is: what it's that makes American Philosophy specific? This full of life and compelling ebook strikes via key classes within the improvement of yank proposal from the founding fathers to the transcendentalists and pragmatists to modern social commentators. Readers are brought to:
* probably the most vital thinkers in American historical past together with Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Paine, Charles Sanders Pierce, Thomas Kuhn, Cornel West and lots of extra
* advancements in 5 key parts of notion: epistemology, metaphysics, faith and ethics, social philosophy, and political philosophy
* The contributions of yank ladies, African-Americans and local Americans.
Featuring feedback for additional interpreting and assuming no previous wisdom of philosophy, this can be an awesome first creation for someone learning or attracted to the heritage of yankee thought.
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American Philosophy: The Basics by Nancy Stanlick