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The Metaphysical Club: a story of ideas in America

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Farrar, Straus & Giroux,
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Hardly a club in the conventional sense, the organization referred to in the title of this superb literary hybrid-part history, part biography, part philosophy-consisted of four members and probably existed for less than nine months. Yet its impact upon American intellectual life remains incalculable. Louis Menand masterfully weaves pivotal late 19th-and early 20th-century events, colorful biographical anecdotes, and abstract ideas into a narrative whole that both enthralls and enlightens. The Metaphysical Club is a compellingly vital account of how the cluster of ideas that came to be called pragmatism was forged from the searing experiences of its progenitors' lives. Here are Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey, all of them giants of American thought made colloquially accessible both as human beings and as intellects.
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display_descriptionThe 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 dependent-like germs-on their human carriers and environment. And they thought that the survival of any idea depends 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.
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subject_facetCambridge (Mass.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
Dewey, John, -- 1859-1952
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, -- Jr., -- 1841-1935
Intellectuals -- United States -- History -- 20th century
James, William, -- 1842-1910
Metaphysics -- History -- 20th century
National characteristics, American
Peirce, Charles S. -- (Charles Sanders), -- 1839-1914
Pulitzer Prize for History
United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century
title_displayThe Metaphysical Club :
title_fullThe Metaphysical Club : [a story of ideas in America] [electronic resource] / Louis Menand
The Metaphysical Club: [a story of ideas in America] / Louis Menand
The metaphysical club : a story of ideas in America [electronic resource] / Louis Menand
title_shortThe Metaphysical Club
title_suba story of ideas in America
topic_facetDewey, John
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Intellectual life
James, William
National characteristics, American
Peirce, Charles S
Social conditions