Ralph Barton Perry took his undergraduate work at Princeton and his graduate work at Harvard, where he was awarded the doctorate in the field of philosophy in 1899. During the first decade of the present century, he gained recognition as a leader of the New Realism, perhaps the most significant product of which was his "Ego-centric Predicament," published in the Journal of Philosophy in 1910. His most prominent publications were Present Philosophical Tendencies, 1912; General Theory of Value, 1926; The Thought and Character of William James, two volumes, 1935, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize; Puritanism and Democracy, 1944; and Realms of Value, 1954.

Throughout his career he was concerned, as a philosopher and as a member of the faculty at Harvard, with the criticism and development of educational policy and practice.

The author of this article, Professor Ira S. Steinberg, earned his doctorate from Harvard. He is a member of the faculty of Oberlin College and is primarily interested in the area of social and philosophical foundations of education.



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