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The Open Court Press was established in 1887 by Edward G. Hegeler, a zinc manufacturer of LaSalle, Illinois, to reflect his deep interest in problems of philosophy, ethics, and religion. Under the leadership of Dr. Paul Carus, a young German scholar who assumed editorship of the press in its first year and continued until his death in 1919, Open Court gained international recognition for its titles in philosophy, religion, sciences, and mathematics. The press's first publication was a fortnightly journal, The Open Court, established for the open exchange of scientific, religious, and philosophical views. This journal ceased publication in 1936, but the philosophical quarterly, entitled The Monist, begun in 1890, remains (after a hiatus between 1936 and 1962) one of the foremost philosophical journals.

From the description of Papers of the Open Court Publishing Company, 1888-1930. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83095520

During this time, Open Court Publishing Company had a unique place in the publishing business. The company was private, family owned, and did not publish dime store novels, but serious mainstream, progressive, scientific, academic, and religious writings. Other presses would print such materials; however, most of the presses were University presses. The Open Court Publishing Company stood somewhere in the middle ground, printing academic writings, as well as books, articles, and journals for the general reading public. Diversity of subject and readership are what made Open Court Publishing Company unique in the publishing industry. In addition, Paul Carus and Open Court Publishing Company were instrumental in disseminating Eastern philosophy in the Western academic world.

From the description of Open Court Publishing Company records, 1886-1998, (bulk 1887-1920). (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 757519977

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn William Ernest Hocking papers Houghton Library
referencedIn Blanshard, Brand, 1892-1987. Brand Blanshard papers, 1873-1989 (inclusive), 1913-1989 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Brand Blanshard papers, 1873-1989, 1913-1989 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Open Court Publishing Company. Papers of the Open Court Publishing Company, 1888-1930. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Open Court Publishing Company. Open Court Publishing Company records, 1886-1998, (bulk 1887-1920). Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn James, William, 1842-1910. Papers, 1803-1941 (bulk: 1862-1910) Houghton Library
creatorOf Argosy Book Stores. Trade catalogs of booksellers, 1856-1969. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn Carus, Alwin C., 1901-2004. Alwin C. Carus Papers, 1900-2004. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
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correspondedWith Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922 person
correspondedWith Binet, Alfred, 1857-1911 person
associatedWith Blanshard, Brand, 1892-1987. person
correspondedWith Boas, Franz, 1858-1942 person
correspondedWith Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926 person
associatedWith Carus, Alwin C., 1901-2004. person
associatedWith Carus, Paul, 1852-1919. person
correspondedWith Dewey, John, 1859-1952 person
associatedWith Hegeler, Edward C., 1835-1910. person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
correspondedWith Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989 person
correspondedWith Husserl, Edmund, 1859-1938 person
correspondedWith James, William, 1842-1910 person
correspondedWith Mach, Ernst, 1838-1916 person
correspondedWith Mead, George Herbert, 1863-1931 person
correspondedWith Peirce, Charles S. 1839-1914 person
correspondedWith Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 person
associatedWith Southern Illinois University. Morris Library person
correspondedWith Vries, Hugo de, 1848-1935 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
La Salle (Ill.)
Publishers and publishing
Civic leaders
Clergy as authors
Philosophical literature
Scholarly periodicals
Science publishing

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Active 1856

Active 1969






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