American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia of American Philosophy provides coverage of the major figures, concepts, historical periods and traditions in American philosophical thought. Containing over 600 entries written by scholars who are experts in the field, this Encyclopedia is the first of its kind. It is a scholarly reference work that is accessible to the ordinary reader by explaining complex ideas in simple terms and providing ample cross-references to facilitate further study. The Encyclopedia of American Philosophy contains a thorough analytical index and will serve as a standard, comprehensive reference work for universities and colleges.

Topics covered include:

  • Great philosophers: Emerson, Dewey, James, Royce, Peirce, Santayana
  • Subjects: Pragmatism, Progress, the Future, Knowledge, Democracy, Growth, Truth
  • Influences on American Philosophy: Hegel, Aristotle, Plato, British Enlightenment, Reformation
  • Self-Assessments: Joe Margolis, Donald Davidson, Susan Haack, Peter Hare, John McDermott, Stanley Cavell
  • Ethics: Value, Pleasure, Happiness, Duty, Judgment, Growth
  • Political Philosophy: Declaration of Independence, Democracy, Freedom, Liberalism, Community, Identity

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American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia. Edited by John Lachs , Robert Talisse ,. Routledge,01-aug-2004. Routledge Philosophy Online. Taylor & Francis.22 September 2017 <>