American Philosophy

GENINT 721.623

Osher (50+). In this course, we discuss American philosophy, including the enlightenment, transcendentalism, pragmatism, and contemporary thought.


About this course:

American philosophy has its roots in the experimentalism that was required by a people who faced the task of coming to terms with the uncertainties of a radically new environment. In this course, we begin in the eighteenth century with the American Enlightenment, which was influenced by the European Enlightenment and associated with the political philosophy of the Founding Fathers (e.g., Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin). We then move into the nineteenth century and take a look at transcendentalism as well as pragmatism. Our discussion culminates with a discussion of contemporary thought.

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