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The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism (Wisconsin Project on American Writers)

 
 
 
 
The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism (Wisconsin Project on American Writers)
Author: Cornel West
ISBN 13: 9780299119645
ISBN 10: 299119645
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 1989-04-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 292
List Price: $21.95
 
 

Taking Emerson as his starting point, Cornel West’s basic task in this ambitious enterprise is to chart the emergence, development, decline, and recent resurgence of American pragmatism. John Dewey is the central figure in West’s pantheon of pragmatists, but he treats as well such varied mid-century representatives of the tradition as Sidney Hook, C. Wright Mills, W. E. B. Du Bois, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Lionel Trilling. West’s "genealogy" is, ultimately, a very personal work, for it is imbued throughout with the author’s conviction that a thorough reexamination of American pragmatism may help inspire and instruct contemporary efforts to remake and reform American society and culture.