Sterling McMurrin considered William H. Chamberlin (1870â€“1921) the “foremost Mormon philosopher” and “more competent than Orson Pratt or B.H. Roberts,” but Chamberlin is largely forgotten, and his work can be found only in the special collections sections of university libraries. Chamberlin was a personalist philosopher who believed that the person was the ultimate category of reality. He studied at California and Harvard with George Holmes Howison and Josiah Royce, two of the most important American philosophers of the age. This paper focuses on Chamberlin’s interpretations of Doctrine and Covenants 88, 93, and 130 to consider his idea of God as the community of persons with the Father and Mother at its head.
James McLachlan, L. Rex Sears