LINGUIST List 14.3300

Mon Dec 1 2003

Qs: Franz Boas/John Dewey

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  1. Dan Everett, Boas and Dewey at Columbia University

Message 1: Boas and Dewey at Columbia University

Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 05:36:15 -0500 (EST)
From: Dan Everett <>
Subject: Boas and Dewey at Columbia University

In February of 1905, John Dewey, one of the two most famous and
influential philosophers in America at the time (the other was William
James, Dewey's mentor) took up an appointment at Columbia
University. Nine years earlier Franz Boas had also accepted a position
at Columbia. They served at Columbia together for roughly the next 31
years. I am looking for evidence of interactions between the two of
them at Columbia. I am also interested in discovering evidence of
intellectual influence that either might have had on the other.

If readers of the LinguistList have any suggestions or sources that
might provide evidence for institutional or intellectual contact or
influence of one of these scholars on the other, I would be very
grateful to hear of them. I will post a summary to this list if there
is a nonnegligible response.


Dan Everett
University of Manchester 
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