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The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand

Label
The Metaphysical Club
Title
The Metaphysical Club
Statement of responsibility
Louis Menand
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The Civil War made America a modern nation, unleashing forces of industrialism and expansion that had been kept in check for decades by the quarrel over slavery. But the war also discredited the ideas and beliefs of the era that preceded it. The Civil War swept away the slave civilization of the South, but almost the whole intellectual culture of the North went with it. It took nearly half a century for Americans to develop a set of ideas, a way of thinking, that would help them cope with the conditions of modern life. That struggle is the subject of this book." "The story told in The Metaphysical Club runs through the lives of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., a Civil War hero who became the dominant legal thinker of his time; his best friend as a young man, William James, son of an eccentric moral philosopher, brother of a great novelist, and the father of modern psychology in America; and the brilliant and troubled logician, scientist, and founder of semiotics, Charles Sanders Peirce. Together they belonged to an informal discussion group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872 and called itself the Metaphysical Club. The club was probably in existence for only nine months, and no records were kept. The one thing we know that came out of it was an idea - an idea about ideas, about the role beliefs play in people's lives. This idea informs the writings of these three thinkers, and the work of the fourth figure in the book, John Dewey - student of Peirce, friend and ally of James, admirer of Holmes." "The Metaphysical Club begins with the Civil War and ends in 1919 with the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Abrams, the basis for the modern law of free speech. It tells the story of the creation of ideas and values that changed the way Americans think and the way they live."--Jacket
  • "The Civil War made America a modern nation, unleashing forces of industrialism and expansion that had been kept in check for decades by the quarrel over slavery. But the war also discredited the ideas and beliefs of the era that preceded it. The Civil War swept away the slave civilization of the South, but almost the whole intellectual culture of the North went with it. It took nearly half a century for Americans to develop a set of ideas, a way of thinking, that would help them cope with the conditions of modern life. That struggle is the subject of this book." "The story told in The Metaphysical Club runs through the lives of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., a Civil War hero who became the dominant legal thinker of his time; his best friend as a young man, William James, son of an eccentric moral philosopher, brother of a great novelist, and the father of modern psychology in America; and the brilliant and troubled logician, scientist, and founder of semiotics, Charles Sanders Peirce. Together they belonged to an informal discussion group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872 and called itself the Metaphysical Club. The club was probably in existence for only nine months, and no records were kept. The one thing we know that came out of it was an idea - an idea about ideas, about the role beliefs play in people's lives. This idea informs the writings of these three thinkers, and the work of the fourth figure in the book, John Dewey - student of Peirce, friend and ally of James, admirer of Holmes." "The Metaphysical Club begins with the Civil War and ends in 1919 with the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Abrams, the basis for the modern law of free speech. It tells the story of the creation of ideas and values that changed the way Americans think and the way they live."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Menand, Louis
Dewey number
973.9
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.1
LC item number
.M546 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • National characteristics, American
  • Intellectuals
  • Metaphysics
  • Metaphysics
  • Intellectuals
  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell
  • James, William
  • Peirce, Charles S.
  • Dewey, John
  • United States
  • United States
  • Cambridge (Mass.)
Label
The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand
Instantiates
Publication
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
The politics of slavery -- The abolitionist -- The wilderness and after -- The man of two minds -- Agassiz -- Brazil -- The Peirces -- The law of errors -- The metaphysical club -- Burlington -- Baltimore -- Chicago -- Pragmatisms -- Pluralisms -- Freedoms
Control code
45446360
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 546 pages
Isbn
9780374528492
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
00066279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)45446360
Label
The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand
Publication
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
The politics of slavery -- The abolitionist -- The wilderness and after -- The man of two minds -- Agassiz -- Brazil -- The Peirces -- The law of errors -- The metaphysical club -- Burlington -- Baltimore -- Chicago -- Pragmatisms -- Pluralisms -- Freedoms
Control code
45446360
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 546 pages
Isbn
9780374528492
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
00066279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)45446360

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