Creighton, James Edwin, 1861-1924.


In the new university system of the late nineteenth century, there was a consensus on idealism as the most effective response to the challenge of Charles Darwin. Nine older thinkers typified philosophy in the young American university: Borden Parker Bowne; J.E. Creighton, G.S. Fullerton, George Holmes Howison, George Ladd, G. S. Morris, Elisha Mulford, James Seth, and Jacob Gould Sherman. Two younger scholars, Josiah Royce and John Dewey, trained in the leading doctoral programme in the US at Johns Hopkins absorbed these conventional ideas.


The Philosophical Review (then edited by a prominent personal idealist, J.E. Creighton),


J. E. Creighton and James Seth he founded in 1892 The Philosophical Review.


born April 8, 1861, Pictou, Nova Scotia

died Oct. 8, 1924, Ithaca, N.Y., U.S.


U.S. Idealist philosopher and the founding president (1902) of the American Philosophical Association.


After studying in Leipzig and Berlin he obtained his Ph.D. (1892) at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., where he had begun teaching in 1889. He remained at Cornell until his death, acting also as American editor of Kantstudien (1896–1924) and editor in chief…


                  Students in the Sage School of Philosophy of Cornell University, in Commemoration of Twenty-five

                  Years' Service as Teacher and Scholar. Edited by G. H. Sabine


                  ISBN: 0836907892 $23.95

                  Contents: The Confusion of Categories in Spinoza's Ethics by E. Albee; Hegel's Criticism of Spinoza

                  by K. E. Gilbert; Rationalism in Humes's Philosophy by G. H. Sabine; Freedom as an Ethical Postulate:

                  Kant by R. A. Tsanoff; Mill and Comte by N. C. Barr; The Intellectualistic Voluntarism of Alfred

                  Fouillee by A. T. Penney; Coherence as Organization by G. W. Cunningham; Time and the Logic of

                  Monistic Idealism by J. A. Leighton; The Datum by W. B. Pillsbury; The Limits of the Physical by G.

                  A. de Laguna; Is the Dualism of Mind and Matter Final? by H. W. Wright; The Revolt Against Dualism

                  by A. H. Jones; Some Comments on Instrumentalism by E. H. Hollands; Pragmatism and the

                  Correspondence Theory of Truth by E. B. Talbot; Idea and Action by E. Jordan; Some Practical

                  Substitutes for Thinking by H. G. Townsend; Selfhood by E. C. Wilm; Mental Activity and Conscious

                  Content by R. Morris Ogden; The Role of Intent in Menial Functioning by J. W. Baird; The Relation o

                  f Punishment to Disapprobation by T. de Laguna; Functional Interpretations of Religion: A Critique by

                  E. L. Schaub.

Presidential Addresses of the American Philosophical Association


edited by
Richard T. Hull
University of Buffalo, State University of New York, USA