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Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism

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John J. Kaag is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism ... Weiterlesen
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John J. Kaag is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.


Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism provides an account of the life and writings of Ella Lyman Cabot (1866-1934), a woman who received formal training, but not formal recognition, in the field of classical American philosophy. It highlights the themes of idealism, pragmatism and feminism as they emerged in the course of career as an educational reformer and ethicist that spanned nearly four decades. Cabot's writings, developed in graduate seminars at Harvard and Radcliffe at the turn of the century complement, and in many cases anticipate, the thinking of the "fathers" of the American philosophical cannon: Charles Sanders Peirce, Josiah Royce, William James, and John Dewey. Her formal philosophical writing focuses on the concepts of growth, creativity, and the moral imagination-a fact that is especially interesting given that these concepts are developed by a woman who faced serious obstacles in her personal and intellectual development. Indeed, these concepts are not merely philosophical ideals, but practical tools that Ella Lyman Cabot used to negotiate the gender roles and intellectual marginalization that she faces at the turn of the century. The discipline of philosophy was very slow to incorporate the insights of women into its self-definition. An analysis of the writings of Ella Lyman Cabot reveals this point, but also the pointed ways in which she sought to express her genuinely creative insights.

This is an intellectual biography in the most literal sense; at no point in the history of American philosophy has an individual embodied the ideals that they wrote about at length. Philosophical idealism, pragmatism and feminism served as guides for Ella Lyman Cabot as she entered the discipline of philosophy, a discipline that continues to marginalize the work of women to this very day.


Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1: The Life of American Philosophy - The Education of Ella Lyman Cabot Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Women and Forgotten Movements in American Philosophy: Ella Lyman Cabot and Mary Parker Follett on Growth and Creativity Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Ella Lyman Cabot's Chance: The Nature of Contingency in the American Philosophical Tradition Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Everyday Ethics: Morality and the Imagination Chapter 6 Chapter 5: "How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?" - Women in American Thought Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Cabot on Peace Education: Moral Psychology, Ethics, and International Affairs (1906-1930) Chapter 8 Chapter 7: "Thought is Never at Rest:" Ella Lyman Cabot and the Struggle of Idealism Chapter 9 Appendix: Selected Writings of Ella Lyman Cabot


Titel: Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism
Untertitel: The Philosophy of Ella Lyman Cabot
EAN: 9780739185988
ISBN: 978-0-7391-8598-8
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Lexington Books
Genre: Pädagogik
Anzahl Seiten: 242
Gewicht: 357g
Größe: H229mm x B152mm x T13mm
Jahr: 2015