Miller, Dickinson Sergeant, 1868-1963

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Miller was professor of philosophy at Bryn Mawr College.

From the description of Correspondence to Daniel Garrison Brinton, n.d. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 226054851

Dickinson Sergeant Miller (1868-1963) was a professor of philosophy and a writer. In 1889 received an A.B. from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. and A.M. in 1892 from Harvard. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Halle in 1893. After returning to the United States, he taught at Bryn Mawr in 1894, then in 1899 was appointed an instructor at Harvard. He taught at Columbia University from 1904-1919 and also was (1911-1924) a professor of Christian apologetics at the General Theological Seminary, and an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church. From 1924-1926 he taught philosophy at Smith College, then began a period of "European retirement", mainly in Vienna and Florence, where he met with the Vienna Circle and others and wrote and published various philosophical articles. In 1934 he returned to Boston and began his "American retirement" period, continuing to write and publish, as much as his chronic ill health would allow, until his death in 1963. Miller never married.

From the description of Dickinson Sergeant Miller papers, 1915-1980. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612869534

Dickinson Sergeant Miller (1868-1963) was a professor of philosophy and a writer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Elihu Spencer Miller (1817-1879) and Ana Emlen Hare Miller. In 1885 he graduated from Episcopal High School in Philadelphia and in 1889 received an A.B. from the University of Pennsylvania. He entered Clark University in 1889, but withdrew the next year to enroll in Harvard University where he was influenced by his friend and mentor William James. He also studied under Josiah Royce, George Santayana, and George Herbert Palmer. He received an A.B. and A.M. in 1892 from Harvard, then went abroad to study in Germany at Berlin and Halle. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Halle in 1893. The dissertation, entitled: Dad Wesen der Erkenntnis und des Irrthums, was published in 1893 as The meaning of truth and error.

Miller returned to the United States and became an associate in philosophy at Bryn Mawr in 1894. Here he developed a partially paralyzing illness that plagued him his entire life ("crippling neurasthenia"). In 1899 he was appointed an instructor at Harvard where he became increasingly critical of William James' thought. Miller left Harvard to teach at Columbia University from 1904-1919. In addition to his professorship at Columbia, from 1911-1924 he was a professor of Christian apologetics at the General Theological Seminary, and became an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church. From 1924-1926 he taught philosophy at Smith College, then began a period of "European retirement", mainly in Vienna and Florence, where he met with the Vienna Circle and others and wrote and published various philosophical articles. In 1934 he returned to Boston and began his "American retirement" period, continuing to write and publish, as much as his chronic ill health would allow, until his death in 1963. Miller never married. [Source: Loyd David Easton "Miller, Dickinson Sergeant" American National Biography Online, February 2000].

Loyd David Easton (b.1915): Professor of philosophy at Ohio Wesleyan University who edited a book on Miller: Dickinson Sergeant Miller. Philosophical analysis and human welfare : selected essays and chapters from six decades.Edited with an introduction by Loyd D. Easton (1975). Charles Larrabee Street (1891-1968) of Chicago: During his work on the Miller book, Loyd David Easton worked with Street who was a student of Miller's ca. 1917 and remained a friend up until Miller's death. Constance Worcester of Boston: Good friend to Miller during his residence in Boston, and later saved and stored Miller's papers after his death.

From the guide to the Dickinson Sergeant Miller papers, 1915-1980., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

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creatorOf Miller, Dickinson Sergeant, 1868-1963. Correspondence between Dickinson S. Miller and C.J. Ducasse : 1943-1963 / edited by Edward Madden. Ohio Wesleyan University, L.A. Beeghly Library
referencedIn Strong, Chares A. (Charles Augustus), 1862-1940. Charles A. Strong Papers, 1877-1961 (bulk 1906-1939). Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933. Additional papers, 1841-1940 Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1911-1944 (inclusive), 1929-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Otto, Max Carl, 1876- . Papers, 1860-1963. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn William James correspondence, 1856-1910. Houghton Library
referencedIn Letters to William James from various correspondents and photograph album, 1865-1929. Houghton Library
referencedIn Hand, Learned, 1872-1961. Papers, 1840-1961 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library
referencedIn James family additional papers, 1858-1947. Houghton Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Houghton Library
creatorOf Miller, Dickinson Sergeant, 1868-1963. Dickinson Sergeant Miller papers, 1915-1980. Houghton Library
referencedIn Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960. Additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
referencedIn John Jay Chapman papers, 1841-1940. Houghton Library
creatorOf Miller, Dickinson Sergeant, 1868-1963. Correspondence to Daniel Garrison Brinton, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn James, William, 1842-1910. Papers, 1803-1941 (bulk: 1862-1910) Houghton Library
referencedIn Evans, Elizabeth Glendower, 1856-1937. Papers, 1859-1944 (bulk: 1882-1944) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Gardiner, H. Norman (Harry Norman), 1855-1927. Harry Norman Gardiner papers, 1875-1927. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn William James Jr. papers, 1857-1960 (inclusive), 1911-1959 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1911-1944 (inclusive), 1929-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Evans, Elizabeth Glendower, 1856-1937. Papers, 1859-1944 (inclusive), 1882-1944 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Dickinson Sergeant Miller papers, 1915-1980. Houghton Library
referencedIn James, William, 1842-1910. Papers, 1803-1941 (bulk: 1862-1910) Houghton Library
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associatedWith Strong, Chares A. (Charles Augustus), 1862-1940. person
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