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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 4, Chapter 11 Baltimore, Section 5 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 4, Chapter 11 Baltimore, Section 5 Summary

Peirce's past caught up with him and he was fired from Johns Hopkins University in January 1884, just nine days after giving his paper of Design and Chance to the Metaphysical Club. Gillman fired him for damage control reasons. Peirce would not have been the appropriate person to bring philosophy and religion together after his personal problems surfaced.

In fact, Gillman fired all part-time philosophy faculty. He did offer a full-time position of professor of psychology and pedagogy to Hall. Hall accepted and Johns Hopkins University had a connection between psychology and religion, but still did not have a philosophy professor.

Morris returned to the University of Michigan, and Dewey followed. Dewey eventually graduated and started teaching at the University of Michigan, and became chair of the department upon Morris' death.

Hall worked at Johns Hopkins University until...

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