Bernard Schmidt

Peer Reviewed



Traces Whitman's influence on the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century philosophical movement known as "Personalism"--"a nonempirical philosophy in which the self obtains knowledge from a mighty power of reason, which is creative and can fashion reality from its own ideas"--and argues that "the American writer who first formally used the term 'Personalism' was Walt Whitman" and that "wherever the Personalistic path leads, it should not be forgotten that there was a distinct philosophical school that formally began with Whitman's article 'Personalism.'"


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