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Review of *American Philosophy Before Pragmatism*

Russell B. Goodman, professor of philosophy at the University of New Mexico, has written the second volume in the Oxford History of Philosophy series addressing philosophy in the United States.  The book acts as a prequel to the preceding U.S.-related volume in the series, The American Pragmatists by Cheryl Misak.  Goodman presents five major thinkers—Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau—as well as a chapter on ideas of republican citizenship developing during and after the revolution and a concluding chapter summarizing the influence of the book’s five central figures on the founders of pragmatism Read more