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Frontiers in American Philosophy, Volume II

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This second volume arising from the Frontiers in American Philosophy Conference held at Texas A&M University is "festive, celebrating the diversity of thought and influences in American philosophy," say its editors. In these thirty-six essays, there is no attempt to define an American ethos; in fact, the editors conclude that, even pragmatism, identified by Tocqueville as America's defining attribute, should not be described as a national philosophy. It is, as Gerard Deledalle notes in his essay, "the new ...

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Overview

This second volume arising from the Frontiers in American Philosophy Conference held at Texas A&M University is "festive, celebrating the diversity of thought and influences in American philosophy," say its editors. In these thirty-six essays, there is no attempt to define an American ethos; in fact, the editors conclude that, even pragmatism, identified by Tocqueville as America's defining attribute, should not be described as a national philosophy. It is, as Gerard Deledalle notes in his essay, "the new universal philosophy, because it is the philosophy of experience and democracy that is any nation's manifest destiny.'"

These articles, by thoughtful scholars from North America and several European nations, look forward through the developments presently shaping philosophical inquiry in the United States and backward to the origins and plurality of the American intellectual heritage. Not a parochial or narrow perspective, the focus on American philosophy sharpens the dialogue that clarifies and explicates American thought in the context of a world community.

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Library Journal
This is the first of two volumes from conferences held to stimulate interest in American philosophy. The editors wanted to encourage ``new approaches,'' and most contributors took this to mean linking past and present. There are novelties. John Lachs asks about philosophy and ``life'' and suggests that philosophy helps to dispose the young permanently toward truth and decency. If philosophy's use is ``all but forgotten,'' teachers who do not link thought and action very clearly are to blame. Ralph Sleeper links the pragmatist John Dewey with Willard Quine, the reigning monarch of American logic, and uses techniques from each to analyze the work of Josiah Royce, the greatest American idealist metaphysician. The essays contain valuable information and good, clear writing by distinguished philosophers that include Hilary Putnam, Joseph Margolis, and Nicholas Rescher. Academic libraries will need this book.-- Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa
Booknews
The second volume based on papers presented at the title conference, held at Texas A&M University. (The date of the conference isn't noted, but Volume 1 was published in 1993.) The 36 papers are divided into 13 categories: philosophy, semiotics, and interpretation; editing American philosophers; the nature of philosophy; existentialism and phenomenology; Santayana; Dewey; American philosophy and Oriental thought; philosophy and literature; community and culture; applied philosophy; Peirce and Buchler; aesthetics; and William James. It's been a long wait for an edited volume that lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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ROBERT W. BURCH and HERMAN J. SAATKAMP are professors of philosophy at Texas A&M University.

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