The Resource American philosophy : a love story, John Kaag

American philosophy : a love story, John Kaag

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American philosophy : a love story
Title
American philosophy
Title remainder
a love story
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John Kaag
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eng
Summary
John Kaag is a dispirited young philosopher at sea in his marriage and his career when he stumbles upon West Wind, a ruin of an estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that belonged to the eminent Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. Hocking was one of the last true giants of American philosophy and a direct intellectual descendent of William James, the father of American philosophy and psychology, with whom Kaag feels a deep kinship. It is James's question "Is life worth living?" that guides this remarkable book. The books Kaag discovers in the Hocking library are crawling with insects and full of mold. But he resolves to restore them, as he immediately recognizes their importance. Not only does the library at West Wind contain handwritten notes from Whitman and inscriptions from Frost, but there are startlingly rare first editions of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As Kaag begins to catalog and read through these priceless volumes, he embarks on a thrilling journey that leads him to the life-affirming tenets of American philosophy-- self-reliance, pragmatism, and transcendence-- and to a brilliant young Kantian who joins him in the restoration of the Hocking books. Part intellectual history, part memoir, American Philosophy is ultimately about love, freedom, and the role that wisdom can play in turning one's life around
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Title
American philosophy
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Summary
When he stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books that once belonged to the Harvard philosopher William Ernst Hocking, the author, a disillusioned philosopher at sea in his marriage and career, begins to catalog and preserve this collection and rediscovers the very tenets of American philosophy, seeing them within a 21st-century context
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10534368
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DLC
Dewey number
191
Index
index present
LC call number
B851
LC item number
.K33 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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adult
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John Kaag
American philosophy : a love story, John Kaag
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American philosophy : a love story, John Kaag
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-242) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
Prologue : Maybe -- Part I. Hell -- In a dark wood, a library -- Finding West Wind -- "Pestilence-stricken multitudes" -- Fraud and self-reliance -- Walden and frozen lakes -- Part II. Purgatory -- The task of salvation -- Divine madness -- On the mountain -- The will to believe -- Evolutionary love -- Part III. Redemption -- A philosophy of loyalty -- On the steps -- Women in the attic -- I knew a phoenix -- East Wind -- The mystery of being -- Epilogue : The cult of the dead
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22 cm
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Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 259 pages
Isbn
9780374154486
Lccn
2016001908
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
cat13rev
System control number
  • ocn932060334
  • (OCoLC)932060334

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