A Community of Inquiry: Conversations Between Classical by Patrick Dooley

By Patrick Dooley

Explores the methods literature and philosophy improve every one other’s inquiry into the human condition“I applaud the radical ways that Dooley brings to existence the interchanges among philosophy and literature in the USA in this interval. even if quite a few literary students have released during this box, Dooley is, to my wisdom, the 1st specialist thinker to make an important contribution. As a thinker completely knowledgeable within the American culture, Dooley is ready to spotlight positive factors of the dialog hitherto ignored via people with literary training.”—from the Foreword by way of Peter H. Hare“These really are ‘conversations’ among specific fields that hardly check with each other in such unique and revealing methods, and Dooley is fantastically outfitted to behavior that dialog. A neighborhood of Inquiry is clean, vigorous, and original.”—Tom Quirk, professor of English, collage of MissouriRecently and more and more, literary and philosophical students are subscribing to the view that philosophy and literature are allies. even if, the majority of those students have focused on analyses of Greek philosophers and dramatists in addition to English novels and novelists with regards to the character of an excellent society and an ethical existence. The essays offered in A group of Inquiry discover often-neglected works: classical American philosophy, specially pragmatism, and American literature, really the realists and naturalists, and as a rule neglected basic problems with epistemology and metaphysics.This interdisciplinary learn examines the connections among American philosophy and literature, demonstrating how a cluster of parts more often than not pointed out because the signature parts of classical American philosophy are popular within the canonical works of yank literature. the topics mentioned variety from Stephen Crane’s metaphysics to company ethics in William Dean Howells, pragmatic faith in Willa Cather and Harold Frederic, John Steinbeck’s philosophy of labor, and Norman Maclean’s philosophy of community.Dooley is uniquely certified to deal with this learn of the interactions and intersections of philosophical pondering and literary writing. His philosophical historical past and analytical rigor offer a brand new point of view at the authors and topics mentioned in A group of Inquiry, making this ebook attractive to these attracted to American literary, highbrow, historic, and/or philosophical studies.

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