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Ryan Jeffrey Johnson
Elon University (Elon, NC 27244-9423)
Hegel’s Influence on Three Early American Philosophers

Research and writing two sections of a book on the influence of German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) on three prominent American scholars.

My book project, Three American Hegels, explores the influence of German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) on three seminal yet overlooked American philosophers: Henry C. Brokmeyer (1828-1906), Horace Williams (1858-1940), and John William Miller (1895-1978). Each of them was, in his own way, both an apprentice of Hegel and a true American original. Yet until now, their stories have been almost completely overlooked. When scholars mention their name, they are merely footnotes. It is time to change that. I will unearth this formative yet forgotten narrative of American philosophy and thus enhance the understanding of our national intellectual identity as we approach the 250th anniversary of American independence.

Project fields:
History of Philosophy

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 7/31/2021