Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Francis J. Collingwood

Second Advisor

Joseph J. O'Malley

Third Advisor

Thomas L. Prendergast

Fourth Advisor

Lee C. Rice

Fifth Advisor

Denis D. Savage


Prescinding from the story of the propagation and the mutation of Bridgman's thought at the hands of his several followers, this dissertation endeavors to expose and analyze Bridgman's system of thought itself. As the title indicates, this dissertation moreover seeks to isolate the categorical or the most pervasive moments of Bridgman's thought. In short, we set as our task the isolation of the metaphysic underlying Bridgman's thought. This metaphysic, more frequently tacit than acknowledged, will be shown to subsume not only the major moments of Bridgman's thinking in the process of the articulation of operational analysis, but also to constitute the very source of the same operational analysis.



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