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Charles Hartshorne: The Chicago Years

Part 4: The Psychology of Sensation and Humanism

by Donald Wayne Viney

In 1928 Hartshorne became a professor at the University of Chicago. Shortly after his arrival he received a dinner invitation from Dorothy Eleanore Cooper, a Chicago resident whom he had met in 1926 when she was a student at Wellesley College.…

Charles Hartshorne: Return to Harvard

Part 3: The Return to Harvard and the Influence of Pierce and Whitehead

by Donald Wayne Viney

Hartshorne was a member of the junior faculty of the Harvard philosophy department from 1925 to 1928. During this period he was exposed to the ideas of two philosophers who, more than any others, helped him refine his thinking: Charles Sanders Peirce, who had died in 1914 and whose papers Hartshorne was assigned to edit; and Alfred North Whitehead, who came from England to join the department at Harvard in 1924.…

Charles Hartshorne: From Kittanning to Cambridge

Part 2

By Donald Wayne Viney

Hartshorne (the name, which means “deer’s horn,” pronounced “hart’s horn”) was born on 5 June 1897 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania to Francis Cope Hartshorne (1868-1950), an Episcopal minister, and Marguerite Haughton Hartshorne (1868-1959). He was named for a grandfather who helped design a transcontinental railroad; the town of Hartshorne, Oklahoma was named after the grandfather.…

Symbols of Power in Hartshorne: A New World View

Designed by Herbert F. Vetter

A LETTER FROM CHARLES HARTSHORNE

January 26, 1962

Dear Mr. Vetter,

Thanks so much for sending me your manuscript. Of course I am deeply moved by your estimate of my work, in relation to your general theme.

Hartshorne: A New World View – Recommended Reading

Philosophers Speak of God, by Charles Hartshorne and William L. Reese (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953.) Reprinted by Humanity Books (Amherst, N.Y., 2000 with an addendum to the preface by William L. Reese.) This volume offers a presentation and critique of the primary idea in the history of ideas East and West, theistic and atheistic.…

The Development of Process Philosophy

The Development of Process Philosophy

by Charles Hartshorne

The term, “process philosophy” is one way of pointing to a profound change which has come over speculative philosophy or metaphysics in the modern period in Europe and America. I have myself often used the more noncommittal phrase “neoclassical metaphysics” for much the same purpose, since the emphasis upon process or becoming, though essential, is only one feature of this new way of viewing reality.…

The Idea of Creativity in American Philosophy

The Idea of Creativity in American Philosophy

by Charles Hartshorne


In the beginning, philosophy in the North American colonies was chiefly religious and political. The religious philosophy was Calvinistic, by which I mean that it was an argument for theological determinism.

America from Colonial Beginnings to Philosophical Greatness

America from Colonial Beginnings to Philosophical Greatness

by Charles Hartshorne

When the American colonists crossed, first the Atlantic, and then the mountains and the prairies on their way westward, they tended to leave certain things behind, the fine arts most obviously, but also theoretical science.

A New World and New World View

A New World and New World View

by Charles Hartshorne

In the last hundred years a philosophical and theological change has occurred, but it is one you will not read about in the newspapers or even in most textbooks and histories of philosophy.…

The Modern World and a Modern View of God

The Modern World and a Modern View of God

by Charles Hartshorne

Human self deification is a chief rival in our time of what I regard as true religion. For I agree with the old Greeks, who agreed with the Hebrews at this point, that one of our greatest enemies is our own vanity, hubris.