Puritans and Pragmatists

Puritans and Pragmatists

Eight Eminent American Thinkers

by Paul Conkin

505 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9781481314633
  • Published: December 2020


  • Paperback
  • 9781932792553
  • Published: August 2006



Eight brilliant and original American thinkers – Edwards, Franklin, John Adams, Emerson, Peirce, William James, Dewey, and Santayana – are the subject of this widely admired book by one of America's foremost writers of intellectual history. In this study, the author finds a degree of continuity and some elements of underlying unity in the varied and idiosyncratic thoughts of these men. Instead of superficial similarities, he emphasizes a common moral tenor, an instrumental conception of knowledge, and a broad, ethical conception of art.