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You may notice that some of the thinkers listed below are not ordinarily considered to be philosophers. We think their inclusion here is justified, however, because of the intellectual impact they had on the development of social and political thought in America as well as on the American culture in general.

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
A TIMELINE
YEAR
NAME
NOTES
1600-1699
William Penn
(1644-1718)

Samuel Johnson
(1696-1772)

Harvard University founded in 1636

Microscope invented

Hobbes, Locke, Newton

1700-1750
Jonathan Edwards
(1703-1758)

Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790)

John Adams
(1735-1826)

Thomas Paine
(1737-1809)

Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826)

Benjamin Rush
(1745-1813)

Yale University founded in 1701

Princeton University founded in 1736

Berkeley, Hume

1751-1799
William Ellery Channing
(1780-1842)

John C. Calhoun
(1782-1850)

Amos Bronson Alcott
(1799-1888)

Invention of the steam engine and the cotton gin

American Revolution

French Revolution

Kant

1800-1850
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882)

Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865)

Henry Ward Beecher
(1813-1887)

Henry David Thoreau
(1817-1862)

Walt Whitman
(1819-1892)

Robert Green Ingersoll
(1833-1899)

George Holmes Howison
(1834-1916)

William Torrey Harris
(1835-1909)

Henry George
(1839-1897)

Charles Sanders Peirce
(1839-1914)

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(1841-1935)

William James
(1842-1910)

John Fiske
(1842-1901)

Ambrose Bierce
(1842-1914)

Borden Parker Bowne
(1847-1910)

War with Great Britain

Monroe Doctrine

Mexican War

The railroad and the telegraph make their impact on American society

Hegel

1851-1900
Felix Adler
(1851-1933)

Paul Carus
(1852-1919)

Josiah Royce
(1855-1916)

Thorstein Veblen
(1857-1929)

John Dewey
(1859-1952)

George Santayana
(1863-1952)

George Herbert Mead
(1863-1931)

Mary Whiton Calkins
(1863-1930)

Hugo Munsterberg
(1863-1916)

Frederick James Eugene Woodbridge
(1867-1940)

William McDougall
(1871-1938)

Morris R. Cohen
(1880-1947)

Charles Darwin

The War Between the States

Thomas Edison


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