John William Miller
John William Miller
John William Miller was an American philosopher in the idealist tradition. His work appears in six published volumes, including The Paradox of Cause (1978) and most recently The Task of Criticism (2006). His principal philosophical ambitions were 1) to reconcile the idealism of Josiah Royce and the pragmatism of William James and 2) to integrate philosophical thought and historical thought.
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Collinsville OKs money for renovation work on historic DD Collins House - Belleville News Democrat
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"It's a piece of Collinsville history that we can't ignore," Mayor John Miller said. "History is history, and we've demolished and torn down so much of it, we need to protect what's left." The DD Collins House belonged to the city's founders,
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Donation completes drive to buy battlefield land - The Herald-Mail
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Gladhill and historian John Miller joined two dozen other people off Charmian Road to accept a $15000 donation from F&M Trust. That donation allowed Battle of Monterey Pass preservationists to meet their fundraising goal. “This is a historic moment for
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APNewsBreak: Idaho to get new redistricting panel - Houston Chronicle
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials are working to name an entirely new panel of people to define Idaho's political boundaries after the previous redistricting effort failed last week amid bitter rancor between Democratic and Republican
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John Miller - Palladium-Item
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Born July 6, 1954, in Ashtabula, Ohio, to Henry R. and Lucille Anderson Miller, he lived most of his life in Richmond. John was a 1972 graduate of Richmond High School and was a US Marine Corps veteran. He was a mold maker at Richmond Casting for 10
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Q&A with John Miller: BarCap's head of global financial sponsors - Financial News
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John Miller, head of global financial sponsors and global industrials at Barclays Capital, remains upbeat about the state of the private equity industry and the business it will bring to investment banks, despite the current market volatility
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Also on the show was intelligence expert John Miller on 9/11: - CNN (blog)
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Said Miller: "In the post-9/11 world we had an average of about four plots targeting US soil...a year, in 2008, 2009 that jumps to nine and then 10. In 2011 we're already on a pace to pass that." SURE IAM LISTENING and every day i have news from NYT in
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Karen Kinnaman, John Miller Jr.
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Dr. Karen Anne Kinnaman, the daughter of Eileen and William A. Kinnaman Jr. of Woodstock, N.Y., was married in Winchester, Mass., Saturday to Dr. John Brown Miller Jr., a son of Dr. Joan W. Miller and Mr. Miller of Winchester. The Rev. Dr. George W. Waterbury, a minister of the United Church of Christ, performed the ceremony at the First
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NATIONAL BRIEFING | WEST; California: Fire Along Interstate Forces Evacuations
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A fire erupted east of Los Angeles on Friday on the main Interstate between Southern California and Las Vegas, forcing the evacuations of 1,500 homes and closing the freeway to holiday weekend traffic. The fire began around 1 p.m. in the median of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass. It grew to more than 500 acres in two hours, jumping the freeway and
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Red Bluff football coach John Miller: In the block - Red Bluff Daily News
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"As a coaching staff we're going to answer the question, 'How cohesive can we be?" - instead of seven individuals out here trying to run a bunch of kids. We're going to answer the question of "Who has progressed from last year?
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Alaska gov. has Idaho couple's back in EPA fight - The Seattle Times
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Associated Press Good! Time to push back against government agencies!! They sold him the land (or a... (August 8, 2011, by latinaAmericana) Read more Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell wants an Idaho family fighting the federal government to know
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Years after failure, Teton Dam still sparks debate - Seattle Post Intelligencer
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When the newly built Teton Dam failed spectacularly in 1976, Dale Swensen was spared the worst: Only the basement of the then-26-year-old farmer's rental home was flooded when billions of gallons of water came
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Fire officials: Illegal fireworks sparked blaze - Sacramento Bee
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San Bernardino National Forest spokesman John Miller says the fire was reported at about 10:30 am Friday at Arrowhead Lake Road and State Highway 173 southeast of Hesperia. It was contained just after 5 pm Miller says more than 100 firefighters,
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Miller, Edwards among newest Elmira Express coaches - Press & Sun-Bulletin
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John Miller and Jeff Edwards, who between them have guided teams to five sectional championships, have been picked as head coaches for newly combined varsity teams in the Elmira City School District. Miller, who returned as the Elmira Free Academy boys
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 83
    Miller continued to write and clarify his philosophical position right up until his death on December 25, 1978.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried in the Westlawn Cemetery just west of the Williams College campus.
  • 1961
    Age 66
    In 1961 Miller published "The Ahistoric and the Historic" as an Afterword to a volume of translated essays by José Ortega y Gasset, History as a System and Other Essays Toward a Philosophy of History.
    More Details Hide Details Finally, by the late 1970s, Miller gathered a collection of his essays, which were published just before his death under the title The Paradox of Cause and Other Essays. The philosophy that one finds in The Paradox of Cause and such posthumous works as The Philosophy of History (1981), The Midworld of Symbols and Functioning Objects (1982), and In Defense of the Psychological (1983) is a hybrid. Miller consciously sought a middle route through the oppositions of realism and idealism as well as pragmatism and idealism. It is a synthesis and revision of those contesting positions. For Miller philosophy was not the means of removing strife but, rather, the recognition and thoughtful organization of conflict. "To philosophize," Miller wrote, "is to be in thoughtful control of a problem." One important way of describing his thinking, then, is to say that Miller's philosophical synthesis does not effectively resolve the conflicts of his predecessors but shows the philosophical import of their disputes and the way in which their contests outline what must be ingredient in any worthwhile philosophy. His conception defines philosophy as the activity of criticism in the Kantian sense of that term—i.e., to be aware of the conditions of one's endeavors.
  • 1960
    Age 65
    Upon his retirement in 1960, Miller remained in Williamstown and continued his practice of philosophical conversation.
    More Details Hide Details However, the years of his retirement found Miller faced with the strong encouragement of a handful of former students who urged him to publish the four public addresses just mentioned and some of the many essays that he had penned over the years.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1931
    Age 36
    He served as chair of the philosophy department from 1931 to 1955 and influenced three generations of students. (Miller was often selected by graduating classes as the most influential professor at Williams and twice the college yearbook was dedicated to him.) From 1945 on he was Mark Hopkins Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, a title inherited from his colleague and predecessor as chair, the critical realist James Bissett Pratt.
    More Details Hide Details During his early years at Williams, Miller and Katherine raised their two sons, Eugene (born 1925) and Paul (born 1928). At Williams, Miller taught courses across the whole philosophical curriculum—i.e., epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, semiotics, and political philosophy. Perhaps his greatest innovation in the classroom was the introduction of a course in the philosophy of history at a time when positivism was further separating philosophical reflection from historical thinking. There was also no separating Miller’s historical idealism from his pedagogical philosophy. He was known to say, "I cannot understand a man unless I take him at his word." Classroom discussion, the civil exchange of ideas, and having a personal stake in each philosophical conversation were essential. For Miller philosophy was a mode of utterance wherein one actually speaks (i.e., expresses himself) and takes responsibility for what is said (i.e., reflects upon himself). Short of making both of these commitments—i.e., to expression and reflection—honest conversation is no more possible than is philosophy. The speech of the classroom serves to highlight the philosophical bases of conversation.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1924
    Age 29
    In the fall of 1924 he took a position at Williams College in the Berkshire Mountains of northwest Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details Apart from two summer sessions and a one-year visiting appointment at the University of Minnesota in 1937–1938, Miller’s teaching career was spent at Williams College until his retirement in 1960.
  • 1922
    Age 27
    Miller's teaching career began in 1922 with an appointment at Connecticut College.
    More Details Hide Details During this time he married Katherine S. Gisel (1897–1993).
  • 1921
    Age 26
    In 1921 Miller received his master's degree and, under the direction of Hocking, went on to compose a work on the fundamental connection among epistemology, semiotics, and ontology.
    More Details Hide Details This work, titled "The Definition of the Thing," earned him the doctorate in 1922.
  • 1916
    Age 21
    Miller received his A. B. from Harvard in 1916.
    More Details Hide Details At the onset of American involvement in the First World War, Miller declared himself a conscientious objector and served as a volunteer in the ambulance corps in France with Base Hospital 44. After the war, Miller returned to Harvard to begin graduate studies in philosophy. Among his teachers were philosophical realists such as Ralph Barton Perry and Edwin Bissell Holt as well as idealists such as William Ernest Hocking and Clarence Irving Lewis. It is still fair to say, however, that Miller’s strongest philosophical influences dated from the 19th century and were, most prominently, the German idealists Immanuel Kant, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Ralph Waldo Emerson was also an important influence on the American side.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1912
    Age 17
    He began his undergraduate education at Harvard University in 1912, transferred to the University of Rochester for his sophomore and junior years, and then returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for his senior year.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1895
    Age 0
    John William Miller was born on January 8, 1895 in Rochester, New York.
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