Peden, W. Creighton Books

William Creighton Peden received his Ph.D. from St. Andrews University, Scotland. He is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Augusta State University and President Emeritus of the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought.

American Constitutional Experiment
1991 0-7734-9795-1
These essays represent a selection of those originally presented at the Third International Social Philosophy Conference, "Social Philosophy and the U.S. Constitution," co-sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy and the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. The goals of the society are to encourage dialogue in and about social philosophy and to unite an assortment of distinct approaches to social philosophy in an attempt to break down the isolation which increasing specialization has created in contemporary academics. The essays gathered here are part of a critical celebration of the United States constitution, appropriately appearing in the bicentennial year of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Social Philosophy Today No. 5

Bill of Rights - Bicentennial Reflections
1993 0-7734-9264-X
Examines issues raised by the fundamental claim that there are rights belonging to human beings merely by virtue of the fact that they are human. Headings include: Perspectives on the Bill of Rights; Rights and Justice; Rights, Technology, and Medicine; Rights, Ideology, and Social Theory; Rights and Freedom; Rights, Ethnicity, and Diversity in the World Community. Social Philosophy Today No. 8

Chicago School of Theology - Pioneers in Religious Inquiry Volume Ii: The Later Chicago School, 1919-1988 - A. E. Haydon, H. N. Wieman, D. D. Williams, B. E. Meland, B. M. Loomer
1996 0-7734-8750-6
In these two volumes, lengthy selections are presented by each contributor in the Chicago School. The material is presented so that an individual or class may explore the development of this School, as well as the changing issues facing philosophy and religious thought in this century.

Chicago School of Theology. Pioneers in Religious Inquiry Volume I: The Early Chicago School, 1906-1959 - G. B. Foster, E. S. Ames, S. Mathews, G. B. Smith, S. J. Case
1996 0-7734-8748-4
In these two volumes, lengthy selections are presented by each contributor in the Chicago School. The material is presented so that an individual or class may explore the development of this School, as well as the changing issues facing philosophy and religious thought in this century.

Collected Essays of Francis Ellingwood Abbot (1836-1903), American Philosopher and Free Religionist, Volume 1
1996 0-7734-9007-8
These four volumes include all of Abbot's major published articles. Any scholar or library interested in American philosophy, religious thought, and American social and intellectual history will find this edition of essays an essential addition to the collection. Francis E. Abbot was a noted American philosopher and champion of Free Religion, a member of C.S. Peirce's Metaphysical Club, the first American philosopher to support Charles Darwin, the founding editor of The Index, a founder of the Free Religious Association, and the founding President of the National Liberal League of America. In addition to over six hundred articles, he was the author of Scientific Theism (1885), The Way Out of Agnosticism, Or The Philosophy of Free Religion (1890), and The Syllogistic Philosophy, or Prolegomena to Science (1906).

Collected Essays of Francis Ellingwood Abbot (1836-1903), American Philosopher and Free Religionist, Volume 2
1996 0-7734-9009-4
These four volumes include all of Abbot's major published articles. Any scholar or library interested in American philosophy, religious thought, and American social and intellectual history will find this edition of essays an essential addition to the collection. Francis E. Abbot was a noted American philosopher and champion of Free Religion, a member of C.S. Peirce's Metaphysical Club, the first American philosopher to support Charles Darwin, the founding editor of The Index, a founder of the Free Religious Association, and the founding President of the National Liberal League of America. In addition to over six hundred articles, he was the author of Scientific Theism (1885), The Way Out of Agnosticism, Or The Philosophy of Free Religion (1890), and The Syllogistic Philosophy, or Prolegomena to Science (1906).

Collected Essays of Francis Ellingwood Abbot (1836-1903), American Philosopher and Free Religionist, Volume 3
1996 0-7734-9011-6
These four volumes include all of Abbot's major published articles. Any scholar or library interested in American philosophy, religious thought, and American social and intellectual history will find this edition of essays an essential addition to the collection. Francis E. Abbot was a noted American philosopher and champion of Free Religion, a member of C.S. Peirce's Metaphysical Club, the first American philosopher to support Charles Darwin, the founding editor of The Index, a founder of the Free Religious Association, and the founding President of the National Liberal League of America. In addition to over six hundred articles, he was the author of Scientific Theism (1885), The Way Out of Agnosticism, Or The Philosophy of Free Religion (1890), and The Syllogistic Philosophy, or Prolegomena to Science (1906).

Collected Essays of Francis Ellingwood Abbot (1836-1903), American Philosopher and Free Religionist, Volume 4
1996 0-7734-9013-2
These four volumes include all of Abbot's major published articles. Any scholar or library interested in American philosophy, religious thought, and American social and intellectual history will find this edition of essays an essential addition to the collection. Francis E. Abbot was a noted American philosopher and champion of Free Religion, a member of C.S. Peirce's Metaphysical Club, the first American philosopher to support Charles Darwin, the founding editor of The Index, a founder of the Free Religious Association, and the founding President of the National Liberal League of America. In addition to over six hundred articles, he was the author of Scientific Theism (1885), The Way Out of Agnosticism, Or The Philosophy of Free Religion (1890), and The Syllogistic Philosophy, or Prolegomena to Science (1906).

Communitarianism, Liberalism, and Social Responsibility
1992 0-7734-9656-4
Papers selected from the International Social Philosophy Conference in Vermont, 1990. The papers provide a continuing discussion of the issues related to liberalism, communitarianism, and distributive justice among scholars in social philosophy, and for class reading and discussion in college and university courses on social philosophy and politics. Headings include: The Foundations of Liberal Moral Theory; Liberal Morality in Practice; Liberalism in a Conservative Society; Philosophy and Community.

Essays and Sermons of William James Potter (1829-1893), Unitarian Minister and Freethinker
2004 0-7734-6593-6
William James Potter is best viewed as a radical minister in the American freethought tradition during the second half of the 19th century. He shifted from his Quaker foundation to Unitarian Christianity, influenced by Transcendentalist thinkers, especially Ralph Waldo Emerson and Theodore Parker. Later, influenced by Charles Darwin, he modified his transcendental perspective for a more empirical orientation. This collection makes available many of his collected essays and sermons.

Essays and Sermons of William James Potter (1829-1893), Unitarian Minister and Freethinker
2003 0-7734-6595-2
William James Potter is best viewed as a radical minister in the American freethought tradition during the second half of the 19th century. He shifted from his Quaker foundation to Unitarian Christianity, influenced by Transcendentalist thinkers, especially Ralph Waldo Emerson and Theodore Parker. Later, influenced by Charles Darwin, he modified his transcendental perspective for a more empirical orientation. This collection makes available many of his collected essays and sermons.

Freedom, Dharma, and Rights
1993 0-7734-9363-8
Essays in this volume were selected from those presented at the ninth international social philosophy conference held in Dec.1991 at Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India. The conference brought together thinkers from sixteen countries, discussing basic rights and the corresponding responsibilities that living in social communities involves. The conference was an especially valuable occasion for Westerners, who tend to think primarily in a "rights" mode, to discuss social issues with Indians, whose moral thinking tends to commence from the concept of "dharma" (duty or obligation). The papers here were chosen to be of the widest interest to readers, and to represent as much diversity of thought as possible.

Freedom, Equality, and Social Change Issues in Contemporary Social Philosophy
1989 0-88946-103-1
Thirty-two essayists provide scholarly insight and opportunities for constructive dialogue on social philosophical theory regarding freedom, equality, and social change. Social Philosophy Today No. 2

Intellectual Biography of David Atwood Wasson (1828-1887): An American Transcendentalist Thinker
2008 0-7734-4940-X
The only work on Wasson’s contribution to American thought in the context of a transcendentalist supporting a religion of humanity and a republican form of democracy.

Liberalism, Oppression, and Empowerment
1996 0-7734-9091-4
The papers selected here (from the Tenth International Social Philosophy conference, held in Davidson, North Carolina, summer 1992) work toward understanding and consensus concerning the meaning of the key concepts in current use, and how the most pressing social issues may be constructively addressed. Papers are by some of the leading social philosophers, lawyers, political scientists and other social thinkers from North America, Europe, Asia, Israel, and Africa. The editors selected essays which in their judgment were likely to be of widest interest and enduring value. Social Philosophy Today No. 10

Life and Thought of Henry Nelson Wieman (1884-1975): An American Philosopher
2010 0-7734-3710-X
This work examines the contribution of Henry Nelson Wieman to nineteenth-century religious philosophy.

Philosophical Essays on the Ideas of a Good Society
1988 0-88946-102-3
Essays arising from the first International Conference on Social Philosophy, which addressed some of the most important issues facing humankind at the end of the 20th century: justice; freedom; power; equality; privacy; conscience vs. law; technology and changing values; population; business ethics; nuclear war; violence; terrorism; and peace. Social Philosophy Today No.1

Pragmatism and the Rise of Religious Humanism: The Writings of Albert Eustace Haydon (1880-1975)
2006 0-7734-5817-4
This book primarily contains unpublished writings of Albert Eustace Haydon (1880-1975). This volume includes Haydon’s doctoral dissertation, “The Conception of God in the Pragmatic Philosophy” and The Heritage of Eastern Asia (1932).

Haydon was a sophisticated researcher in the field of Religious Studies and was particularly interested in the modern trends in major religions of the world. He contented that the creative source of all religions was to be discovered in the social and physical struggle for the values of existence. Haydon stressed that the religions face the supreme test of adapting to a new age, while at the same time trying to combat the inertia of their tradition by transforming these ancient ways of thinking and acting.

In the 1920s, religious humanism as a philosophical and religious position was gaining strength in Unitarian circles, especially in the Chicago area. At the University of Chicago, Haydon taught a functional view of religion as humanly created in a variety of forms in the quest for a satisfying life. Haydon was a key contributor in writing Humanist Manifesto (1933) and was also a leader in founding the American Humanist movement. Upon retirement from the University of Chicago, Haydon accepted the role of leader of the Ethical Society of Chicago. It was in this capacity that the addresses and radio talks included in these volumes were presented.

Researchers and others interested in the history of American Humanism or the development of the Ethical movement will discover much of interest in the writings on this pioneering thinker.

Pragmatism and the Rise of Religious Humanism: The Writings of Albert Eustace Haydon (1880-1975)
2006 0-7734-5819-0
This book primarily contains unpublished writings of Albert Eustace Haydon (1880-1975). This volume includes Haydon’s addresses to the American Ethical Culture Societies.

Pragmatism and the Rise of Religious Humanism: The Writings of Albert Eustace Haydon (1880-1975)
2006 0-7734-5821-2
This book primarily contains unpublished writings of Albert Eustace Haydon (1880-1975). This volume also contains radio talks delivered on radio station WJJD, Chicago.

Rights, Justice, and Community
1992 0-7734-9599-1
AIDS, abortion, addictive drugs, how to manage political power, how to cope with crime - these are only a few of the continuing social dilemmas that philosophers from around the world have addressed in this book. Written in clear, accessible styles, free of narrow disciplinary jargon, these essays reveal that current philosophical work provides important encouragement for the defense of human rights, justice, and community. Social Philosophy Today No. 7

Social Power of Ideas
1995 0-7734-9043-4
Ours is a time when we need to be reminded that forcefully-expressed ideas have in fact wrought huge changes in the world -- sometimes of great good, sometimes of overwhelming evil. The theme of these essays is that the hope of the next century of human history hangs on our ability to recapture our faith in the social power of ideas. Social Philosophy Today, Vol. 11

Terrorism, Justice, and Social Values
1991 0-88946-739-0
Papers selected from the International Philosophy Conference at Guadalajara, Mexico, and others sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy present issues related to terrorism and social values, for class reading and discussion. Social Philosophy Today No. 4