John Daniel Wild

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John Daniel Wild
BornApril 10, 1902
DiedOctober 23, 1972 (1972-10-24) (aged 70)
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolEmpiricism, realism, pragmatism, existentialism, phenomenology
Main interests

John Daniel Wild (April 10, 1902 – October 23, 1972) was a twentieth-century American philosopher. Wild began his philosophical career as an empiricist and realist but became an important proponent of existentialism and phenomenology in the United States.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Wild was born in Chicago, Illinois. After undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, he received his master's degree from Harvard University and completed his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1926.[2]

He taught for a year at the University of Michigan and then at Harvard from 1927 until 1961 when he left to assume the chairmanship of the philosophy department at Northwestern University, a leading center for phenomenology and existentialism in the United States. Wild moved to Yale in 1963 and, in 1969, to the University of Florida.

He received an honorary doctorate from Ripon College and served as visiting professor at the Universities of Chicago, Hawaii, and Washington. He served as president of the Association for Realistic Philosophy (1949) and the Metaphysical Society of America (1954). In 1962 Wild, along with William A. Earle, James M. Edie, and others, founded the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.

John Wild died in New Haven, Connecticut.[3]

Major works[edit]


  • George Berkeley. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press. 1936. 552 pages.
  • (Reissued as) George Berkeley: a study of his life and philosophy. New York: Russell & Russell. 1962.
  • (Reissued). New York: Octagon Press. 1964.
  • (Reissued). Lanham, MD: University Press of America. 1984. ISBN 0-8191-3890-8 (paper).
  • The Challenge of Existentialism. Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press. 1955. 297 pages.
  • Existence and the World of Freedom. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. 1963. 243 pages.

Books edited[edit]

  • Benedictus de Spinoza: selections, edited by John Wild. New York: C. Scribner’s sons. 1930. 479 pages.
  • Classics of religious devotion, by John Wild and others. Boston: Beacon. 1950. 117 pages.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Origins of SPEP"
  2. ^ Richard Ira Sugarman and Roger B. Duncan, eds. 'General Introduction: John Wild's Philosophical Itinerary' in The Promise of Phenomenology: Posthumous Papers of John Wild (Lexington Books, 2006), xvii.
  3. ^ David Carr, Karsten Harries, and John E. Smith, "John Wild 1902-1972," Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, vol. 46 (1972-1973), pp. 196–7.

Further reading[edit]

  • William E. Kaufman (1996). John Wild: From Realism to Phenomenology. P. Lang. 226 pages. ISBN 0-8204-2796-9.
  • The Promise of Phenomenology: Posthumous Papers of John Wild. Richard Ira Sugarman and Roger B. Duncan (eds). Lexington Books. 2006.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link) 289 pages. ISBN 0-7391-1366-6.

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