A QUESTION which is curious in itself and may become important in the future is this : How has migration to the new world affected philosophical ideas ? At first sight we might be tempted, perhaps, to dismiss this question altogether, on the ground that no such effect is discernible. For what do we find in America in the guise of philosophy ? In the background, the same Protestant theology as in Europe and the same Catholic theology; on the surface, the same adoption of German idealism, the same vogue of evolution, the same psychology becoming metaphysics, and lately the same revival of a mathematical or logical realism. In no case has the first expression of these various tendencies appeared in America, and no original system that I know of has arisen there. It would
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Publication information: Book title: Character and Opinion in the United States:With Reminiscences of William James and Josiah Royce and Academic Life in America. Contributors: George Santayana - Author. Publisher: C. Scribner's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1920. Page number: 139.
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