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Philosophy and Politics

Bruce Kuklick

in A History of Philosophy in America

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199260164
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199260168.003.0002
 Philosophy and Politics

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During the Revolutionary and Constitutional period, politics dominated the intellectual elite in a way that almost excluded religious claims. After this time, social and political thought developed in their own more practical, less philosophical tradition, oriented to the secular concerns of the Founding Fathers and following the interests of Benjamin Franklin. The tradition of philosophical theology, dominated by students of Jonathan Edwards only studied politics and society as a study derivative of its ideas about religious knowledge, and this tradition was eventually critical in American philosophy.

Keywords: American Revolution; Constitutional period; Jonathan Edwards; Founding Fathers; Benjamin Franklin; philosophical theology; revolutionary period; social and political philosophy

Chapter.  5318 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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