Josephus Flavius Cook

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Josephus Flavius Cook (1838–1901), commonly known as Joseph Cook, was an American philosophical lecturer, a descendant of Pilgrims who started his ascent to fame by way of Monday noon prayer meetings in Tremont Temple in Boston that for more than twenty years were among the city's greatest attractions. In them, Cook attempted to convey recent developments in European science and philosophy in a way that reconciled them to Protestant belief; his commentary stressed social amelioration and civic responsibility. He later travelled the world; his lectures were published and translated into several languages.


  • Cook, Joseph (1879). Transcendentalism, with Preludes on Current Events. London: Dickinson.
  • Guelzo, Allen C. (2004). "Joseph Cook." American National Biography. Retrieved September 17, 2007.

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