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The Classical American Pragmatists and Religion
Edited by J. Caleb Clanton
The classical American pragmatists are hailed as the country's distinctive philosophical voice. In this volume, J. Caleb Clanton brings to the fore several of the most influential pragmatist thinkers and artfully presents their insight and instruction on religion. Including the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, George Herbert Mead, William James, John Dewey, Josiah Royce, Jane Addams, and W.E.B. Du Bois, among others, this anthology offers a valuable resource from America's golden age of philosophical thought. The Classical American Pragmatists and Religion will aid readers in identifying and resolving the current problems surrounding American religious experience and its place in public life.
Introduction: On Classical Pragmatism and Religion in America
Part I: Pre-pragmatists: Unitarians, Transcendentalists, Proto-pragmatists
1. William Ellery Channing
2. Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. Henry David Thoreau
4. Margaret Fuller
5. Walt Whitman
6. Chauncey Wright
Part II: Classical American Pragmatists
7. Charles Sanders Peirce
8. William James
9. John Dewey
10. George Herbert Mead
Part III: Fellow Travelers, Sympathizers, Middle Pragmatists
11. Borden Parker Bowne
12. Josiah Royce
13. George Santayana
14. Jane Addams
15. W.E.B. Du Bois
16. William Ernest Hocking
17. Alain Locke
18. Sidney Hook
"Classical American Pragmatists and Religion is a very good introduction to the classical American pragmatists' views on religion."
—Dwayne A. Tunstall, Grand Valley State University, Journal of the American Academy of Religion (2012 80:4)
"An excellent collection of papers in American philosophy of religion. Containing the classic contributions of the transcendentalists and the original pragmatists, Clanton also includes less familiar, yet equally fascinating, pieces by figures from Royce, Santayana, Alain Locke, Jane Addams, and others. This book provides an ideal guide to the treatments of religion by leading American philosophers."
—Chris Hookway, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield
"There has long been a need for a text like this. Clanton introduces readers to several trajectories and usefully tracks thinkers often ignored in this American philosophical tradition."
—Douglas Anderson, Professor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
"Clanton's focus is on those texts, which engage the religious-philosophical tension, pragmatically considered. This book is eminently teachable, for both Clanton's Introduction and his selections."
—John McDermott, University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Texas A&M University
J. Caleb Clanton is Associate Professor of Philosophy and University Research Professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of The Ethics of Citizenship: Liberal Democracy and Religious Convictions and Religion and Democratic Citizenship: Inquiry and Conviction in the American Public Square.