America's First Women Philosophers: Transplanting Hegel, by Dorothy G. Rogers

By Dorothy G. Rogers

The yankee idealist flow begun in St. Louis, Missouri in 1858, turning into extra influential as girls joined and prompted its improvement. Susan Elizabeth Blow used to be popular as an educator and pedagogical theorist who based the 1st public kindergarten application in the United States (1873-1884). Anna C. Brackett used to be a feminist and pedagogical theorist and the 1st woman vital of a secondary tuition (St. Louis common tuition, 1863-72). Grace C. Bibb was once a feminist literary critic and the 1st girl dean on the college of Missouri, Columbia (1878-84). American idealism took on a brand new shape within the Eighteen Eighties with the founding of the harmony university of Philosophy in Massachusetts. Ellen M. Mitchell participated within the stream in either St. Louis and harmony. She used to be one of many first ladies to coach philosophy at a co-educational collage (University of Denver, 1890-92). Lucia Ames Mead, Marietta Kies, and Eliza Sunderland joined the stream in harmony. Lucia Ames Mead grew to become a prime pacifist theorist within the early 20th century. Kies and Sunderland have been one of the first girls to earn the Ph.D. in philosophy (University of Michigan, 1891, 1892). Kies wrote on political altruism and shared with Mitchell the excellence of training at a coeducational establishment (Butler collage, 1896-99). those have been the 1st American ladies as a gaggle to plunge into philosophy right, bridging these years among the beginner, paraprofessional educational thinker. Dorothy Rogers's new ebook ultimately provides them the eye they deserve.

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In 1859 he was promoted to principal of a new consolidated school. Harris appreciated this step up in the educational hierarchy, but it also meant accepting a considerably larger administrative burden. While Harris and his circle spent whatever free time they had discussing the war as Hegel's dialectic in action, and speculating that some sort of reconciliation could and must come about in order for history to manifest the realization of Spirit, they were not yet at liberty to make their philosophical inquiry more formal.

The Society produced the Journal of Speculative Philosophy (JSP),,the first periodical devoted solely to philosophy in the United States (1867—93). The breadth and depth of philosophical discussions in the Journal helped establish the St. Louis group as philosopher—practitioners worthy of attention both at home and abroad. Three themes in early idealism: education/Bildung, self-estrangement, self-activity Three major philosophical themes dominate throughout the works of the St. Louis circle members.

Given Harris's nearly evangelical approach to philosophy, it is not surprising that the movement caught on, not only in Concord, but elsewhere. Denton Snider colorfully described Harris's zeal in discussing philosophy: "I have seen him force some new insight of his . . upon an unwilling listener whom he had cornered and The Legacy of American Idealism 25 who could not in decency get away. " Fully one-half of the 200 or so people attending the Concord School in any given year were women who used it as a means to advanced higher education.

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