Recovering Benjamin Franklin An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service

Innbundet / 1999 / Engelsk

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ISBN13
9780812693867
Publisert
1999
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Open Court Publishing Co ,U.S.
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05, 06, UU, UP, P
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Engelsk
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324
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567 gr
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235 mm
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159 mm
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Recovering Benjamin Franklin An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service

Innbundet / 1999 / Engelsk
Is Benjamin Franklin, the familiar cultural icon whose face appears on coins, currency, and postage stamps, in addition to being an affable inventor, printer, and humorist also an important American philosopher? In Recovering Benjamin Franklin, James Campbell attempts to "recover" Benjamin Franklin's role as philosopher. In the broad eighteenth-century understanding of the term "philosopher", most people would say that Franklin clearly qualifies as one. But since the beginning of the twentieth century, the meaning of the term has narrowed. What should be said about Franklin as philosopher in the current sense of the word?Part of the problem is that Franklin's thought is difficult to classify. Franklin is not a composer of lengthy, systematic treatises. Instead, we know him as the author of letters and essays, primarily short and often fragmentary, that were intended for diverse audiences. Was Franklin a thinker whose interests were nearly universal, or was he a dabbler who flew from topic to topic? Was he a minor intellectual who was incapable of sustained theoretical work, or was he a thinker who recognized that thought must function in the world?In answering these questions, Campbell provides a survey of the events in Franklin's rich life and explores his extraordinary place in American history, along the way challenging a series of popular misconceptions that are based upon narrow interpretations of Franklin's work. To foster a more adequate understanding, the author lays out in detail Franklin's ideas in four areas: science, religion, morality, and politics.
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In this work, the author attempts to define Benjamin Franklin's role as a philosopher. The book lays out in detail Franklin's ideas in four areas: science, religion, morality and politics; ultimately concluding that Franklin should be considered an early figure in the Pragmatist movement.
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ISBN13
9780812693867
Publisert
1999
Utgiver
Vendor
Open Court Publishing Co ,U.S.
Aldersnivå
05, 06, UU, UP, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Innbundet
Sider
324
Vekt
567 gr
Høyde
235 mm
Bredde
159 mm
Se alle
Forfatter