Автор: edited by Michael Novak
Изд-во: Charles Scribner's Son's
Формат: Обл. мягк. – Форм. 155х230 мм; 367 стр.
Год издания: 1968
There is not much point in summing up all the papers that follow. Perhaps a word about their order will help. That word is negative: there is no grand design, no necessary sequence. The unity of the volume lies in its turning to the American past for enrichment and to the future with creative expectation. The unity, then, is like that of a jazzband, which is perhaps the best symbol of the American tradition. There is a community of purpose, in which the individual is not lost, a fundamental motif around which each of the performers, according to his skill, weaves his own way. The fundamental category of the aesthetic; the American vision of the inner life; the American conception of experience; the liberating relativism of William James, and he links between James and Continental phenomenology; reflective judgement as a crucial operation in inquiry and in action; an investigation into the meaning of community; the reflections of a sociologist upon the influence of Chicago on George Herbert Mead; a look at personalist philosophy - these are among the topics of the chapters below. If even a few chapters spark one young philosopher to venture in a direction he might not otherwise have gained the boldness to try, the work will have served its purpose.