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Philosophy Americana : Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture (Hardcover)

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n this engaging book, Douglas Anderson begins with the assumption that philosophyugrave; the Greek love of wisdomugrave; 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 literatureugrave; or even, popular music? Anderson's second aim is to find places where philosophy happens in nonprofessional guisesugrave; cultural places such as country music, rock'n 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 writings of Jack Kerouac. The idea of ocirc; philosophy Americanaouml; trades on the emergent genre of ocirc; music Americana, ouml; rooted in traditional themes and styles yet engaging our present experiences. The music is ocirc; popularouml; 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 Americanatakes seriously Emerson's quest for the extraordinary in the ordinary and James's belief that popular philosophy can still be philosophy.

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Publisher Fordham Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780823225507
SKU 202157902
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 082322550X
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0294
Publisher Fordham University Press
Series Part 18
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