America the Philosophical

America the Philosophical

by Carlin Romano
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America the Philosophical by Carlin Romano

This bold, insightful book argues that America today towers as the most philosophical culture in the history of the world, an unprecedented marketplace for truth and debate.
With verve and keen intelligence, Carlin Romano—Pulitzer Prize finalist, award-winning book critic, and professor of philosophy—takes on the widely held belief that the United States is an anti-intellectual country. Instead he provides a richly reported overview of American thought, arguing that ordinary Americans see through phony philosophical justifications faster than anyone else, and that the best of our thinkers ditch artificial academic debates for fresh intellectual enterprises. Along the way, Romano seeks to topple philosophy’s most fiercely admired hero, Socrates, asserting that it is Isocrates, the nearly forgotten Greek philosopher who rejected certainty, whom Americans should honor as their intellectual ancestor. America the Philosophical is a rebellious tour de force that both celebrates our country’s unparalleled intellectual energy and promises to bury some of our most hidebound cultural clichés.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345804709
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 1,119,032
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and literary critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-five years (1984-2009), is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Ursinus College. His criticism has appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Harper’s, The American Scholar, Salon, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other publications. A former president of the National Book Critics Circle, he was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, cited for “bringing new vitality to the classic essay across a formidable array of topics.” He lives in Philadelphia.

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America the Philosophical 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SFTurtleMind More than 1 year ago
C. Romano's book is essential reading for professional, academic, and academically trained philosophers who are working as mid-level administrators in the corporate world. This book does require some knowledge of the "big picture" of philosophy, but can be enjoyed on its own merits. Romano with humor, good documentation, satirical wisdom and insights, provides a supportable understanding and analysis of how philosophy is practiced and viewed in the United States. Romano's thesis is deftly developed and supported; and his writing style is lucid, coherent, and a pleasure to read. I highly recommend this book as an important perspective on the professional, academic, and non-academic philosophical practices in the United States.
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I guess I say C) transformation.
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A sniper rifle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
D) other. Definately Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.