T. S. Eliot and American Philosophy: The Harvard Years

T. S. Eliot and American Philosophy: The Harvard Years

by Manju Jain
     
 

Manju Jain's innovative study of T. S. Eliot's Harvard years traces the genesis of his major literary, religious, and intellectual preoccupations in his early work as a student of philosophy, and explores its influence on his poetic and critical practice. His concerns were located within the mainstream of Harvard philosophical debates, especially in relation to the… See more details below

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Manju Jain's innovative study of T. S. Eliot's Harvard years traces the genesis of his major literary, religious, and intellectual preoccupations in his early work as a student of philosophy, and explores its influence on his poetic and critical practice. His concerns were located within the mainstream of Harvard philosophical debates, especially in relation to the controversy of science versus religion. These questions (and Eliot's work as he grappled with them) point forward to important debates in later philosophy and hermeneutics, especially on such issues as the implications of a relativist historiography, the objectivism of the social sciences, the role and status of interpretation, the critique of foundational knowledge, and the revival of pragmatism. Drawing extensively on unpublished sources, Manju Jain offers answers to the question of why Eliot failed to find satisfaction in an academic career devoted to philosophy (in spite of its close relationship to his literary concerns), and why he abandoned the speculations of metaphysics for the dogmas of theology. Her conclusions offer major new insights into Eliot's early years as an important philosophical source for his poetry and critical thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521417662
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Eliot and Unitarianism13
2Eliot and Harvard: 'An attenuated Santayana'?25
3Eliot, Babbitt, and Paris40
4The 'Golden Age' of American philosophy: Eliot's early philosophical studies60
5Josiah Royce's seminar112
6The 'varieties' of psychological and mystical experience159
7Eliot, Bradley and Knowledge and Experience: 'that magnificent vision, into the apparent chaos'205
Conclusion244
Appendix: list of courses taken by Eliot while at Harvard252
Notes257
Select bibliography313
Index332

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