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Philosophy Americana Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture

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ISBN-10: 0823225518

ISBN-13: 9780823225514

Edition: 3rd 2006 (Annotated)

Authors: Douglas R. Anderson

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In this engaging book, Douglas Anderson begins with the assumption that philosophythe Greek love of wisdomis alive and well in American culture. At the same time, professional philosophy remains relatively invisible. Anderson traverses American life to find places in the wider culture where professional philosophy in the distinctively American tradition can strike up a conversation. How might American philosophers talk to us about our religious experience, or political engagement, or literatureor even, popular music? Andersons second aim is to find places where philosophy happens in nonprofessional guisescultural places such as country music, rockn roll, and Beat literature. He not only enlarges the tradition of American philosophers such as John Dewey and William James by examining lesser-known figures such as Henry Bugbee and Thomas Davidson, but finds the theme and ideas of American philosophy in some unexpected places, such as the music of Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, and Bruce Springsteen, and the writingsof Jack Kerouac.The idea of philosophy Americana trades on the emergent genre of music Americana, rooted in traditional themes and styles yet engaging our present experiences. The music is popular but not thoroughly driven by economic considerations, and Anderson seeks out an analogous role for philosophical practice, where philosophy and popular culture are co-adventurers in the life of ideas. Philosophy Americana takes seriously Emersons quest for the extraordinary in the ordinary and Jamess belief that popular philosophy can still be philosophy.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 5/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction: Inheritance, Teaching, and the Insane Angels of American Culture: Our Cultural Invisibility
Some Preliminary Remarks on the Origins of Pragmatism
Royce, Philosophy, and Wandering: A Job Description
Wilderness as Philosophical Home
Working Certainty and Deweyan Wisdom
Wildness as Political Act
"After All, He's Just a Man": The Wild Side of Life in Country Music
William James and the Wild Beasts of the Philosophical Desert
John Dewey's Sensible Mysticism
"Born to Run": Male Mysticism on the Road
Philosophy as Teaching: James's "Knight Errant," Thomas Davidson
Learning and Teaching: Gambling, Love, and Growth (with Michael Ventimiglia)
Emerson's Platonizing of American Thought
American Loss in Cavell's Emerson
Emerson and Kerouac: Grievous Angels of Hope and Loss
Pragmatic Intellectuals: Facing Loss in the Spirit of American Philosophy