The Autobiography of a Philosopher

The Autobiography of a Philosopher

The Autobiography of a Philosopher

The Autobiography of a Philosopher

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In 1930 the American Philosophy Association dedicated its new volume of discussions to me and asked me to write the introductory paper. I was somewhat puzzled by the honor. It could not be due to any signal contribution on my part to philosophical doctrine, such as has been made by several of my colleagues, by James, Royce, Münsterberg, Santayana, Perry, McDougall. My name is connected with none of the many fighting faiths which have enriched American thought during the eighty-six years of my life. There is no distinctively Palmerian philosophy. But I have viewed the whole marvellous expansion of thought that has gone on from the restricted outlook of Hopkins, Porter, Bowen, and McCosh to the wide horizons of Dewey, Montague, Hocking, and Whitehead.

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