Russell B. Goodman
Title: American Philosophy and the Romantic Tradition (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: Used - Like New
Publisher: Cambridge University Press July 2008
0521067650 / 9780521067652
Seller ID: 113874
Very light corner crease at bottom of front cover.
An Eighth Day View:
Professional philosophers have tended either to shrug off American philosophy as negligible or derivative or to date American philosophy from the work of twentieth century analytical positivists such as Quine. Russell Goodman expands on the revisionist position developed by Stanley Cavell, that the most interesting strain of American thought proceeds not from Puritan theology or from empirical science but from a peculiarly American kind of Romanticism. This insight leads Goodman, through Cavell, back to Emerson and Thoreau and thence to William James and John Dewey, as they assimilated to American circumstances and intellectual habits the currents of European thought from Kant to Wittgenstein.