Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism: The Philosophy of Ella by John Kaag

By John Kaag

Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism presents an account of the lifestyles and writings of Ella Lyman Cabot (1866-1934), a girl who obtained formal education, yet now not formal acceptance, within the box of classical American philosophy. It highlights the subjects of idealism, pragmatism and feminism as they emerged during profession as an instructional reformer and ethicist that spanned approximately 4 many years. Cabot's writings, constructed in graduate seminars at Harvard and Radcliffe on the flip of the century supplement, and in lots of instances count on, the contemplating the "fathers" of the yankee philosophical cannon: Charles Sanders Peirce, Josiah Royce, William James, and John Dewey. Her formal philosophical writing makes a speciality of the techniques of development, creativity, and the ethical imagination—a indisputable fact that is mainly fascinating provided that those techniques are constructed via a girl who confronted critical hindrances in her own and highbrow improvement. certainly, those options aren't basically philosophical beliefs, yet useful instruments that Ella Lyman Cabot used to barter the gender roles and highbrow marginalization that she faces on the flip of the century. The self-discipline of philosophy was once very gradual to include the insights of girls into its self-definition. An research of the writings of Ella Lyman Cabot unearths this element, but in addition the pointed ways that she sought to precise her certainly inventive insights.

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