|Introduces the spiritual ideas of three major American philosophers.
The Soul of Classical American Philosophy is an introduction to the thought of William James, Josiah Royce, and Charles Sanders Peirce, particularly in terms of the ethical and the spiritual. Writing for the nonspecialist in a straightforward style, Richard P. Mullin brings together the central ideas of these three key figures of classical American Pragmatism and explores their engagement with issues of truth, the meaning of self, free will, moral values, community, scientific thinking, and the relationship with the transcendent. He also addresses the growing international interest in American philosophy and sheds light on a defining movement in its history.
“Mullin brings new focus to Royce’s Sources of Religious Insight and sharpens the contrast between Royce and William James regarding their ‘takes’ on religion.” — Frank M. Oppenheim, S.J., coeditor of Metaphysics, by Josiah Royce
“This book is clearly written and gives a good overview of each thinker, including all major aspects of each one’s philosophy, without watering them down. The inclusion of Royce, a badly neglected American philosopher, is particularly important.” — Kenneth W. Stikkers, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Richard P. Mullin is Professor of Philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University.