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Chauncey Wright

Author Code: ACHW

Born: Sep. 10, 1830 - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

Died: Sep. 12, 1875 - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Educated at Harvard University, Wright graduated in 1852 and became a computer for the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac in Cambridge. He continued to work in this area for the remainder of his life, while at the same time pursuing his other scientific and philosophical interests. On reading Darwin's Origin of Species, Wright became a proponent of his theories. He was a founding member of the Metaphysical Club in Cambridge, which named among its members, and some of Wright's closest friends, William James, Henry James, Charles Peirce, John Fiske and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Wright has also been credited with establishing, or at least strongly influencing, the pragmatist school of philosophy. From 1863 to 1870, he was the recorder and secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1870-71 he lectured at Harvard in psychology, however he was not a great lecturer. His strength was more in group discussion. He lectured in mathematical physics at Harvard in 1875, but was struck down by a stroke and died at the early age of 45. Most of Wright's works were essays contributed to scientific and philosophical journals such as North American Review and Annals of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. These included The Winds and the Weather (1858), The Prismoidal Formula (1859), The Conflict of Studies (1864), The Philosophy of Herbert Spencer (1865), The Positive Philosophy (1868), Limits of Natural Selection (1870), Evolution by Natural Selection (1871), Evolution of Self-Consciousness (1873), A Fragment on Cause and Effect (1873) and German Darwinism.

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ACHW001 Evolution of Self-Consciousness 1873 31 249k eBook Download PDF - 'Evolution of Self-Consciousness' (ACHW001) Find a printed copy of Evolution of Self-Consciousness by Chauncey Wright at AbeBooks
ACHW002 Limits of Natural Selection 1870 15 177k eBook Download PDF - 'Limits of Natural Selection' (ACHW002) Find a printed copy of Limits of Natural Selection by Chauncey Wright at AbeBooks
ACHW003 Peirce's Berkeley Review 1871 3 93k eBook Download PDF - 'Peirce's Berkeley Review' (ACHW003) Find a printed copy of Peirce's Berkeley Review by Chauncey Wright at AbeBooks

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