Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture by Douglas R. Anderson (Paperback, 2006)
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- DescriptionIn this engaging book, Douglas Anderson begins with the assumption that philosophy-the Greek love of wisdom-is 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 literature-or even, popular music? Anderson's second aim is to find places where philosophy happens in nprofessional guises-cultural places such as country music, rock'n roll, and Beat literature. He t only enlarges the tradition of American philosophers such as John Dewey and William James by examining lesser-kwn 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 Americanatrades on the emergent genre of music Americana,rooted in traditional themes and styles yet engaging our present experiences. The music is popularbut t thoroughly driven by ecomic 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 Emerson's quest for the extraordinary in the ordinary and James's belief that popular philosophy can still be philosophy.
- Author BiographyDOUGLAS R. ANDERSON is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of Creativity and the Philosophy of C. S. Peirce, Strands of System, and Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture (Fordham). He is editor of the Transactions of the Charles Peirce Society.
- Author(s)Douglas R. Anderson
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication15/05/2006
- Series TitleAmerican Philosophy
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 18
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Weight461 g
- Width155 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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