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The Resource American philosophy : a love story, John Kaag

American philosophy : a love story, John Kaag

Label
American philosophy : a love story
Title
American philosophy
Title remainder
a love story
Statement of responsibility
John Kaag
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
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"--
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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Amazon.com
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10534368
Cataloging source
DLC
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1979-
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Kaag, John J.
Dewey number
191
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Philosophy, American
  • Philosophy, American
Target audience
adult
Label
American philosophy : a love story, John Kaag
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-245) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Maybe -- Hell. In a dark wood, a library ; Finding West Wind ; "Pestilence-stricken multitude" ; Fraud and self-reliance ; Walden and frozen lakes -- Purgatory. The task of salvation ; Divine madness ; On the mountain ; The will to believe ; Evolutionary love -- Redemption. A philosophy of loyalty ; On the steps ; Women in the attic ; I knew a phoenix ; East Wind ; The mystery of being -- The cult of the dead
Control code
ocn932060334
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 259 pages
Isbn
9780374154486
Lccn
2016001908
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)932060334
Label
American philosophy : a love story, John Kaag
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-245) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Maybe -- Hell. In a dark wood, a library ; Finding West Wind ; "Pestilence-stricken multitude" ; Fraud and self-reliance ; Walden and frozen lakes -- Purgatory. The task of salvation ; Divine madness ; On the mountain ; The will to believe ; Evolutionary love -- Redemption. A philosophy of loyalty ; On the steps ; Women in the attic ; I knew a phoenix ; East Wind ; The mystery of being -- The cult of the dead
Control code
ocn932060334
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 259 pages
Isbn
9780374154486
Lccn
2016001908
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)932060334

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