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The Metaphysical Club : [a story of ideas in America], Louis Menand

Label
The Metaphysical Club : [a story of ideas in America]
Title
The Metaphysical Club
Title remainder
[a story of ideas in America]
Statement of responsibility
Louis Menand
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History a riveting, original book about the creation of modern American thought. The Metaphysical Club was an informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872, to talk about ideas. Its members included Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., future associate justice of the United States Supreme Court; William James, the father of modern American psychology; and Charles Sanders Peirce, logician, scientist, and the founder of semiotics. The Club was probably in existence for about nine months. No records were kept. The one thing we know that came out of it was an idea -- an idea about ideas. This book is the story of that idea. Holmes, James, and Peirce all believed that ideas are not things "out there" waiting to be discovered but are tools people invent -- like knives and forks and microchips -- to make their way in the world. They thought that ideas are produced not by individuals, but by groups of individuals -- that ideas are social. They do not develop according to some inner logic of their own but are entirely depend -- like germs -- on their human carriers and environment. And they thought that the survival of any idea not on its immutability but on its adaptability. The Metaphysical Club is written in the spirit of this idea about ideas. It is not a history of philosophy but an absorbing narrative about personalities and social history, a story about America. It begins with the Civil War and s in 1919 with Justice Holmes's dissenting opinion in the case of U.S. v. Abrams-the basis for the constitutional law of free speech. The first four sections of the book focus on Holmes, James, Peirce, and their intellectual heir, John Dewey. The last section discusses some of the fundamental twentieth-century ideas they are associated with. This is a book about a way of thinking that changed American life
Cataloging source
DPB
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Menand, Louis
Dewey number
973.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dewey, John
  • Peirce, Charles S.
  • James, William
  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell
  • Intellectuals
  • National characteristics, American
  • Metaphysics
  • United States
  • United States
  • Cambridge (Mass.)
Label
The Metaphysical Club : [a story of ideas in America], Louis Menand
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Reprint. Originally published: c2001
  • Subtitle from cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 499-520) 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
Politics of slavery -- Abolitionist -- Wilderness and after -- Man of two minds -- Agassiz -- Brazil -- Peirces -- Law of errors -- Metaphysical club -- Burlington -- Baltimore -- Chicago -- Pragmatisms -- Pluralisms -- Freedoms -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Works cited -- Index
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First paperback edition.
Extent
xii, 546 pages
Isbn
9780374528492
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)49342554
Label
The Metaphysical Club : [a story of ideas in America], Louis Menand
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Reprint. Originally published: c2001
  • Subtitle from cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 499-520) 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
Politics of slavery -- Abolitionist -- Wilderness and after -- Man of two minds -- Agassiz -- Brazil -- Peirces -- Law of errors -- Metaphysical club -- Burlington -- Baltimore -- Chicago -- Pragmatisms -- Pluralisms -- Freedoms -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Works cited -- Index
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First paperback edition.
Extent
xii, 546 pages
Isbn
9780374528492
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)49342554

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