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Pragmatism at Harvard, 1878 –1913

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/10.1093/0199260168.003.0009
 Pragmatism at Harvard, 1878 –1913

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Although Charles Peirce never secured an appointment at Harvard, in 1872 his friend William James did, and made the institution known for a peculiar variant of pragmatism. James gathered around him a talented group of colleagues, including the leading proponent of idealism, Josiah Royce, and together they made Harvard central to the study of metaphysics, epistemology, and logic. The institution would remain the leading place to study professional philosophy until late in the twentieth century.

Keywords: American pragmatists; Harvard; idealism; William James; Charles Peirce; pragmatism; professional philosophy; Josiah Royce

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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