PERSONALISM IN THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

L. Harold DeWolf

L. Harold DeWolf

L. Harold DeWolf (1901–1986), an American personalist. He received the Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University in 1935, under Edgar S. Brightman. He taught at Boston University, a cradle of American Personalism, as Professor of Philosophy and later Systematic Theology until 1965. Then L. Harold DeWolf served as Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., until his retirement in 1972.

His major works are: Responsible Freedom (New York 1971) and Crime and Justice in America. A Paradox of Conscience (New York 1975).

”From our American perspective we shall look back upon the history of personalism.”

The first use of the term “personalism” in American published print was probably by Walt Whitman in an article entitled Personalism, which was published in The Galaxy in 1868.

1. Definition of personalism

It may be, as Ralph Tyler Flewelling believes, that Whitman had picked up the word from oral usage by Bronson Alcott, though the principal piece of evidence, which is in Alcott’s Journal for April 28, 1868, hardly implies that.

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