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This is an auction for THE METAPHYSICAL CLUB: A STORY OF IDEAS IN AMERICA, by Louis Menand.

"Menand acknowledges at the outset the ephemeral nature of the informal discussion group known as "the metaphysical club," stating that it "was probably in existence for only nine months, and no records were kept." Yet he sees in the work of its principals Oliver Wendell Holmes, William James, and Charles Sanders Peirce a momentous change in the conditions of modern life, brought about in large part because of their thought and work. The three men met informally in Cambridge, MA, in 1872, and out of these meetings a new philosophy was born: a uniquely American way of looking at the world known as pragmatism. To tell this fascinating story, Menand produces a seamless narrative line that moves from the Civil War to the Supreme Court case in 1919 that became the basis for the constitutional doctrine of free speech. Along the way, the reader is introduced to myriad pertinent players and events that bring the era and the thinking vividly to life. Highly recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

"In a serious but accessible book, Menand, a CUNY professor and New Yorker staff writer, provides a panorama of American post-Civil War thought, encompassing the period from 1865 to 1919 and focusing on the lives and thinking of William James, Charles Sanders Peirce, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., and John Dewey. Menand contends that the Civil War swept away old ideas, and, in its wake, the nation spent the next half-century putting into place a new set of principles that served the nation into its new modern age."
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Hardback 2001.

544 pages.

Good condition.

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