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Pragmatism's EvolutionOrganism and Environment in American Philosophy$
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Trevor Pearce

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226719887

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226720081.001.0001

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Evolution at School: Educating a New Generation

Evolution at School: Educating a New Generation

(p.101) Three Evolution at School: Educating a New Generation
Pragmatism's Evolution

Trevor Pearce

University of Chicago Press

This chapter demonstrates that the older members of the second cohort of pragmatists—Josiah Royce, John Dewey, Jane Addams, George Herbert Mead, and W. E. B. Du Bois—were exposed to evolutionary ideas in college by their teachers and textbooks. They each developed a serious interest in biology and the sciences, reading and writing about evolution in both college and graduate school. Royce and Mead, in particular, learned about ongoing debates over the relationship between teleology and evolution during their studies in Germany with Hermann Lotze, Wilhelm Wundt, and others. All of these pragmatists would go on to teach about evolution in their own classes, with many of them using Herbert Spencer’s works as textbooks.

Keywords:   Josiah Royce, John Dewey, Jane Addams, George Herbert Mead, W. E. B. Du Bois, Herbert Spencer, evolution, teleology, Hermann Lotze, Wilhelm Wundt

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