Portraits of American Philosophy

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In Portraits of American Philosophy eight of America?s leading philosophers offer autobiographical narratives, reminding us that the life of a scholar is both a personal struggle and an adventure in ideas. Selected from the prestigious John Dewey Lectures, these reminiscences provide personal perspectives on how a generation of scholars faced barriers built on prejudices of religion, race, gender, and sexual orientation, while being affected by the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and feminism. Also ...
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Overview

In Portraits of American Philosophy eight of America’s leading philosophers offer autobiographical narratives, reminding us that the life of a scholar is both a personal struggle and an adventure in ideas. Selected from the prestigious John Dewey Lectures, these reminiscences provide personal perspectives on how a generation of scholars faced barriers built on prejudices of religion, race, gender, and sexual orientation, while being affected by the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and feminism. Also explored are the major themes of post-World War II American philosophy, including the temporary dominance of logical positivism and then ordinary language philosophy; the animus between some supporters of the so-called analytic and Continental traditions; new approaches to a variety of subfields; and a deepened understanding of how the history of philosophy can be enriched through concentration on textual and contextual study. These unique remembrances of people, institutions, and issues not only chart the history of recent American philosophy but also present incisive accounts of the trajectory of American intellectual life as seen through the eyes of some of its most influential thinkers.
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Susan Wolf
These Dewey lectures, written by some of the leaders of the field, provide an informative and thought-provoking perspective on the ways philosophy and academia more generally have changed over the last fifty years. Practicing philosophers, and anyone with a historical or sociological curiosity about the discipline of philosophy, will find much of interest here.
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This text is a collection of select lectures from the American Philosophical Association's John Dewey Lectures. They are chosen for their autobiographical nature and all focus on the orator's career and calling as a philosopher. There is a fairly even split of male and female philosophers from the last half century, the most notable of whom is Harry Frankfurt, known for his work On Bullshit. The philosophers in question are all former or current academics, and many of their reflections focus on going to school and transitioning from student to teacher roles, while conducting research and attending to post-graduate demands. Claudia Card's contribution is interesting for the way it exposes academic philosophers' gender-biases and the social situation of 'doing philosophy' in a university setting. Philosophy appears in every lecture, but more as a dramatic or literary prop than an object of thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442223332
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/23/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,450,684
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven M. Cahn is professor of philosophy at The Graduate Center at CUNY and president of the John Dewey Foundation.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

About the Contributors

1. A Life in Philosophy
Nicholas Wolterstorrf

2. Sixty Years of Philosophy in a Life
J. B. Schneewind

3. How It Was
Judith Jarvis Thomson

4. A Philosopher’s Calling
Ruth Barcan Marcus

5. The Romance of Philosophy
Richard J. Bernstein

6. Reflections of My Career in Philosophy
Harry Frankfurt

7. God and Evil Among the Philosophers
Marilyn McCord Adams

8. Unnatural Lotteries and Diversity in Philosophy
Claudia Card

Index

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