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Philosophy AmericanaMaking Philosophy at Home in American Culture$
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Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225507

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225507.001.0001

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Philosophy as Teaching James's “Knight Errant,” Thomas Davidson

Philosophy as Teaching James's “Knight Errant,” Thomas Davidson

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(p.155) Ten Philosophy as Teaching James's “Knight Errant,” Thomas Davidson
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Philosophy Americana
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Douglas R. Anderson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225507.003.0011

This chapter discusses the essay “Knight Errant,” by William James. In an essay in the May 5, 1905, issue of McLure's Magazine, James attempted to redeem a thinker who had not written work that bore any sort of significance. As philosophical writing, this person's work made little impression on the philosophical culture of the late 19th century. Davidson responded as knight errant, perhaps with a quixotic touch, by agreeing to become his teacher and establishing a syllabus and timetable for his teaching.

Keywords:   Knight Errant, William James, philosophical writing, teaching

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