February 28

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Audio: Two Generations of American Philosophy, Part 1

Recently I gave a talk about certain aspects of the history of American Philosophy and the contemporary work of Andrew Cohen and his philosophy of Evolutionary Enlightenment. I intend to publish that talk in a series of which this audio is the first installment.

In this first part of the talk I speak about what I see as some of the fundemental elements of the American charactor and wherre those elements might have come from. I go on to describe some of the major figures in two different generations of American philosophers. The first generation includes Ralph Waldo Emerson and the transcendentalists and the second generaton includes William James and the pragmatists. Around both of these philosophical movements there were a number of significant individuals and groups at work and in a few minutes I try to outline both.

To play click on the link below.

 

 

 

 

 

(This audio is 10 minutes long.)