Collegiate Philosophy, 1800–1868

Bruce Kuklick

in A History of Philosophy in America

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199260164
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597893 | DOI:
 Collegiate Philosophy, 1800–1868

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For most of the nineteenth century, the study of theology dominated philosophy in American colleges. But collegiate philosophy did begin the process of professionalization, and had an enormous social impact in its elaboration of the moral sciences, a mixture of social science taught from an explicitly normative point of view, grounded in Christianity. The college philosophers, including Francis Bowen at Harvard, Noah Porter at Yale, and James McCosh at Princeton, also purveyed a version of Scottish Realism, which gave ground to German idealism as the century wore on.

Keywords: Francis Bowen; collegiate philosophy; German idealism; Harvard; James McCosh; moral sciences; Noah Porter; Princeton; professional philosophy; professionalization; Scottish Realism; Yale

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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