Download American Philosophy: A Love Story by John Kaag PDF

By John Kaag

The epic knowledge contained in a misplaced library is helping the writer flip his lifestyles around

John Kaag is a dispirited younger thinker at sea in his marriage and his occupation whilst he stumbles upon West Wind, a break of an property within the hinterlands of latest Hampshire that belonged to the eminent Harvard thinker William Ernest Hocking. Hocking used to be one of many final actual giants of yankee philosophy and a right away highbrow descendent of William James, the daddy of yank philosophy and psychology, with whom Kaag feels a deep kinship. it really is James’s query “Is lifestyles worthy living?” that publications this striking book.

The books Kaag discovers within the Hocking library are crawling with bugs and entire of mould. yet he resolves to revive them, as he instantly acknowledges their value. not just does the library at West Wind comprise handwritten notes from Whitman and inscriptions from Frost, yet there are startlingly infrequent first variants of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As Kaag starts to catalog and browse via those important volumes, he embarks on an exhilarating trip that leads him to the life-affirming tenets of yankee philosophy—self-reliance, pragmatism, and transcendence—and to an excellent younger Kantian who joins him within the recovery of the Hocking books.

Part highbrow heritage, half memoir, American Philosophy is eventually approximately love, freedom, and the function that knowledge can play in turning one’s lifestyles around.

Show description

Read or Download American Philosophy: A Love Story PDF

Best biographies & memoirs of philosophers books

Bertrand Russell's America: His Transatlantic Travels and Writings. Volume Two 1945-1970 (Routledge Library Editions: Russell)

Initially released in 1984, this quantity files Bertrand Russell’s travels in the USA protecting the interval 1945-1970. it truly is provided in halves with the 1st a biographical account of Russell’s involvement with the U.S., with unique connection with the seven visits he made there in this period of time.

The Selected Letters of Bertrand Russell, Volume 1: The Private Years 1884-1914

Those that knew the well-known thinker Bertrand Russell on the flip of the century observed him as 'the Day of Judgement'. This acclaimed collection of his early letters, to be had in paperback for the 1st time, unearths the whole scope of Russell's lifestyles and innermost options as much as the 1st global battle.

Nelson Goodman (Philosophy Now)

Nelson Goodman's popularity and critique of convinced equipment and tenets of positivism, his defence of nominalism and phenomenalism, his formula of a brand new riddle of induction, his paintings on notational platforms, and his research of the humanities position him on the leading edge of the heritage and improvement of yank philosophy within the twentieth-century.

Erasmus: His Life, Works, and Influence: His Life, Works and Influence (Erasmus Studies)

Erasmus: His existence, Works, and impact is a finished advent to Erasmus's lifestyles, works, and innovations. It integrates the easiest scholarship of the prior 20 years and may attract undergraduates in all parts of cultural background in addition to Erasmus specialists.

Additional resources for American Philosophy: A Love Story

Sample text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.06 of 5 – based on 32 votes