Doctrine and Experience: Essays in American Philosophy by Vincent G. Potter

By Vincent G. Potter

This selection of 13 essays, whilst considered jointly, bargains a special point of view at the historical past of yankee philosophy. It illuminates for the 1st time in publication shape, how 13 significant American philosophical thinkers seen an issue of particular curiosity within the American philosophical culture: the connection among event and mirrored image. Written via famous specialists at the determine approximately which she or he writes, the essays are prepared chronologically to spotlight the adjustments and advancements in proposal from Puritanism to Pragmatism to procedure Philosophy. whereas Doctrine and event may be of specific curiosity to experts in American Philosophy, there's additionally a lot to provide an individual attracted to the highbrow and cultural historical past of the USA. so as of visual appeal, the essays are: Jonathan Edwards and the good Awakeningby John E. Smith center and Head: The brain of Thomas Jeffersonby Andrew J. ReckEmerson and the yankee Futureby Robert C. PollockChauncey Wright and the Pragmatistsby Edward MaddenCharles S. Peirce: motion via suggestion - The Ethics of Experienceby Vincent G. PotterLife Is within the Transitions': Radical Empiricism and modern Concernsby John J. McDermottJohn Dewey and the Metaphysics of yank Democracyby Ralph W. SleeperIndividualization and Unification in Sartre and Deweyby Thelma Z. LevineJosiah Royce: Anticipator of ecu Existentialism and Phenomenologyby Jacqueline Ann okay. KegleyThe Transcendence of Materialism and Idealism in American Thoughtby John LachsC. I. Lewis and the Pragmatic culture in American Philosophyby Sandra RosenthalThe Social Philosophy of George Herbert Meadby David MillerExistence as Transaction: A Whiteheadian examine of Causalityby Elizabeth Kraus.

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Finally, having overcome various obstacles (monetary and editorial), we are pleased to present these essays as the fruit of that lecture series. We think they form a splendid collection and we hope that the reader will find them both informative and entertaining. We consider the timing fortunate. Just as the drafting of the United States Constitution in 1787 was the fruit of what had been sown in 1776, so the completion of these essays in 1987 is the fruit of what had been sown in 1976. We trust that this volume will be Page viii welcomed not only by the specialist in American Philosophy, but also by anyone interested in the intellectual and cultural history of the United States.

That action was the culmination of an antagonism between Edwards and the people centering on the qualifications for church membership and the reception of Communion. As we now know, the circumstances were complex and by no means confined to theological differences; those differences, nevertheless, were of great importance for our topic. " 4 Stoddard extended this arrangement, offering the Lord's Supper to all who desired church membership, and conducted several revivalswhich he called ''harvests of souls"adding to the size of the congregation even if not to the company of the redeemed.

They plainly show the finger of God. . " 8 Equally typical is Edwards' appeal to rational argument in support of the Scriptural view. There are, he says, certain things that Satan would not do, such as awaking consciousness, confirming belief in Christ and in the truth of the Scriptures, and leading people from deception. More important, there are things which Satan neither can nor will do: namely, bestow a spirit of divine love because he has none to bestow. Hence, according to the argument, if we find happening what Satan cannot do, we are safe in holding that God is the cause, since we already know that the Spirit does not come from man.

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