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Issue №1 2017

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UDC 1(091)

Ya. Sobolevsky, PhD

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine



  The formation and development of the basic philosophical ideas of the first colonists on the basis of historical, literary texts have been studied. The historical conditions of formation of religious movement in Christianity - Protestantism, his basic ideas that influenced the origin of Puritan's providential motives are studied. Political, social and cultural conditions and religious beliefs did not leave to intellectuals a lot of ideas for speculative research. This was the era of the Puritan ideals, pious patriarchal customs, so early American philosophy manifested itself mainly in theological works and church hymns and, later, in the works of historical and political subjects. Historical and philosophical studies of American philosophy should be started with searching for the first philosophical thoughts, such as nature of the self, God, what is community and what relationships should be between two and more persons, and of course - their origins, legacy and destiny, especially from the time of the Puritans in New England According to this theses religious, political, economic and socio-cultural background of these ideas are discovered. Also, Puritan axiology denies luxury, however does not deny success. The belief in feature and calling the whole nation make first colonists feel like the biblical peoples. However, these ideas and the providential motives were forming the outlook of the Puritans, religion and economy identified the first American in the New World.

  Keywords: American philosophy, History of philosophy, God, Personality, Providentialism, Puritanism.


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Corresponding author: Yaroslav Sobolevsky

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