American Philosophy

Ralph Barton Perry

Who was Ralph Barton Perry?

Ralph Barton Perry (1876–1957) is best known for his theory of value and his realist views. But he received a 1936 Pulitzer Prize for his biography of his mentor and colleague, The Thought and Character of William James (1935).

Perry received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1899 and taught there from 1902 to 1946. His main publications include a 1925 revision of Alfred Weber’s History of Philosophy, The New Realism (1912), General Theory of Value (1926), Puritanism and Democracy (1944), The Realms of Value (1954), and The Humanity of Man (1956).


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