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Pragmatism in Cambridge, 1867–1923

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/10.1093/0199260168.003.0008
 Pragmatism in Cambridge, 1867–1923

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The most successful idealistic response to Darwin occurred in Cambridge, Massachusetts and, soon thereafter, at Harvard University. At first promoted by a group of amateurs in ‘the Metaphysical Club’, this version of idealism was called pragmatism, and its first champion was Charles Peirce. Pragmatism defined the mental as a form of behaviour, allowed for a religious dimension to exist, and (for Peirce) looked to the practice of natural scientists and logicians for the paradigms of knowledge.

Keywords: American pragmatists; Cambridge; Charles Darwin; Harvard University; idealism; Massachusetts; Metaphysical Club; Charles Peirce; practice; pragmatism

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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