New PDF release: A Philosopher's Story

By Morton Gabriel White

ISBN-10: 0271018747

ISBN-13: 9780271018744

Even though a very good many memoirs are being released nowadays, this autobiography through Morton White has certain importance simply because specialist philosophers seldom write their memoirs and, after they do, they hardly produce books as attractive as this one. As historian of rules and a thinker, White is ready to situate his lifestyles within the deeper and broader highbrow currents of his time, and as a result the tale of his stories at Columbia, Harvard, and the Institute for complex examine is a brilliantly conceived contribution to the heritage of yankee philosophy within the 20th century. Readers all for the improvement of upper schooling may be eager about White's description of the struggles over faith at Harvard within the Fifties, whereas historians of city lifestyles might be a lot drawn to his vibrant account of his boyhood at the decrease East part of latest York. and scholars of pragmatism will study a lot in regards to the twentieth-century assault at the contrast among analytic and artificial statements from a letter written to White via the Polish truth seeker Alfred Tarski, and from the three-way correspondence of Nelson Goodman, W. V. Quine, and White reproduced in an appendix. The author's dialogue of his touch with such influential thinkers as John Dewey, G. E. Moore, and Isaiah Berlin, and particularly his vast correspondence with Berlin, will additional improve the book's entice a huge viewers. certainly, White's autobiography should still allure extra recognition one of the trained public than any e-book written by means of an American thinker in lots of years.--Peter H. Hare, SUNY unusual provider Professor of Philosophy and Editor, Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly magazine in American Philosophy.

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Michael became very sympathetic to Thomism, and I believe Herb was somewhat taken with it. Through Adler it had gained a foothold at the University of Chicago under the powerful academic sponsorship of its president, Robert Hutchins, and so in New York it was reported that Chicago was where Jews converted Protestants to Catholicism. < previous page page_40 next page > < previous page page_41 next page > Page 41 By the time I had come to Columbia in 1936, Richard McKeon's departure for Chicago had left the Columbia philosophy department with no comparable spokesmen for the medievalism then encouraged at Chicago, but Michael and Herb Wechsler were said to defend something like it in their Law School classes.

All of these elements of the Columbia scene had something to do with my writing a thesis on Dewey, but I do not mean to imply that I went into the history of philosophy unwillingly or without a positive taste for it. Since I had a serious interest in historical research, that interest, together with a sense of prudence, led me to choose the history of philosophy as the area in which I would write my thesis. I should remark, however, that I began by planning a fullscale critical examination of Dewey's logical theory, prompted in great measure by the appearance of Dewey's Logic: A Theory of Inquiry in 1938.

He was sitting next to me, poring over a philosophical work that caught my eye, and after falling into conversation we found that our interests were remarkably similar. We were not only interested in philosophy, but also in logic, Marxism, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, and a million other things of the kind that eager young New York intellectuals then found time to learn about. Lawrence introduced me to his friend Albert, who, like himself, was studying philosophy in the graduate school at Columbia.

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