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Nicholas MiraculousThe Amazing Career of the Redoubtable Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler$
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Michael Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174213

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174213.001.0001

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“An Indubitable Genius”

“An Indubitable Genius”

(p.50) Chapter Two “An Indubitable Genius”
Nicholas Miraculous

Michael Rosenthal

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Nicholas Murray Butler's time as a graduate student and later faculty member of Columbia University. After some deliberation, Butler chose to continue his philosophical work at Columbia instead of abroad, largely through the urgings of Archibald Alexander, the university's one-man Philosophy Department. In addition to doing his own work and much of Alexander's as well, Butler spent a good deal of time organizing and directing the Columbia College Philosophical Society. Butler received his Ph.D.—the first ever awarded by Alexander—in the summer of 1884. Butler then traveled to Europe in June 1884 to study in Berlin and Paris. His departure meant the temporary suspension of the relationship he had been developing with Susanna Edwards Schuyler. In 1885, Butler was named fellow and assistant in the Department of Philosophy, Ethics, and Psychology. In 1887, he co-founded with Grace Hoadley Dodge the New York School for the Training of Teachers, which later affiliated with Columbia.

Keywords:   philosophy, Nicholas Murray Butler, Columbia University, Archibald Alexander, Columbia College Philosophical Society, Ph.D. award, Europe, Susanna Edwards Schuyler, New York School for the Training of Teachers

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