Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism

Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism : The Philosophy of Ella Lyman Cabot

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739167804
  • 9780739167809

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This thoughtful, sensitive, fascinating study of a thoughtful, sensitive, fascinating woman revives an almost forgotten American philosopher. John Kaag's account of the life and work of Ella Lyman Cabot locates her in relation to her better-known contemporaries, traces the development of her thought, narrates details of her remarkable marriage, and compellingly argues for the importance of her ideas. His penetrating analysis also supports his own argument for the value of philosophical thought that is grounded in and useful for daily experience and of the kind of practical idealism that Cabot's work embodies. -- Patricia Meyer Spacks, Edgar Shannon Professor of English Emerita, University of Virginia As one who has long identified with idealistic pragmatism and feminism, I highly recommend this engaging and well-researched book. It goes far to reduce a significant gap in the literature of classical American philosophy. -- Mary Briody Mahowald, University of Chicago John Kaag succeeds brilliantly in presenting Ella Lyman Cabot as an original philosopher in her own right, and as a conversation partner with leading intellectuals of her day. He skillfully places the achievements and tensions in her thought within intellectual, historical, and biographical contexts. The scholarship is meticulous and imaginative; the writing elegant and gracious. Kaag thoroughly justifies Cabot's inclusion as a significant philosopher and feminist theorist in American intellectual thought. -- Marilyn Fischer, University of Dayton Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism is really a must read for anyone interested in American philosophy and it makes an important contribution to the contemporary process of expanding the cannon of significant thinkers in the pragmatist tradition. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviewsshow more

About John Kaag

John J. Kaag is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, more

Table of contents

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 Cabotshow more

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