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Philosophy 400: American Philosophy

Research Topics


Native American views

Transcendentalism & natur

Realism vs. nominalism (Peirce)

Peirce’s categories

Peirce’s cosmological ideas:

  • tychism, synechism, or agapsim

James’ pluralism

Santayana’s materialism

Dewey’s naturalism



James’ radical empiricism

Santayana’s skepticism

Dewey’s instrumentalism

Rorty’s deflationary view of truth


Philosophy of Religion

American Founders—deism

Early Puritanism

Royce and Christianity

James’ “will to believe”

Whitehead: process theology


Philosophy of Science

Influence of evolutionary theory

Peirce and the “end of inquiry”


Philosophy of Psychology/Mind

James’ empirical psychology

Peirce’s semiotics

Mead’s social behaviorism

Langer’s semiotics


Logic & Language

Peirce’s innovations in logic

Peirce’s semiotics

Whitehead’s Principia Mathematica

Langer’s semiotics



Royce’s philosophy of loyalty

James and utilitarianism

Dewey’s three sources of moral value

Social Theory

Jane Addam’s Hull House and social criticism

DuBois’ Early Views on Race (Souls of Black Folks)

DuBois’ Later Views on Race (Darkwater)

Mead on play and creativity



Peirce: connection of logic and aesthetics

Dewey’s aesthetics


Political Theory

Native American organizations


DuBois’ Marxism

Dewey’s view of democracy

Dewey’s political involvements & views on WWI and WWII

Rorty and Rawls’s liberalism

Rorty’s “justice as a larger loyalty”


History of Philosophy

Peirce and Scholastic thought

Peirce and Immanuel Kant

Royce and German Idealism

Dewey and Hegel

Langer and Ernst Cassirer

Rorty and Dewey

Rorty and Heidegger

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