By John Kaag
The epic knowledge contained in a misplaced library is helping the writer flip his existence around
John Kaag is a dispirited younger thinker at sea in his marriage and his occupation whilst he stumbles upon West Wind, a spoil of an property within the hinterlands of recent Hampshire that belonged to the eminent Harvard thinker William Ernest Hocking. Hocking used to be one of many final real giants of yankee philosophy and an instantaneous highbrow descendent of William James, the daddy of yank philosophy and psychology, with whom Kaag feels a deep kinship. it really is James’s query “Is lifestyles worthy living?” that publications this impressive book.
The books Kaag discovers within the Hocking library are crawling with bugs and whole of mould. yet he resolves to revive them, as he instantly acknowledges their value. not just does the library at West Wind include handwritten notes from Whitman and inscriptions from Frost, yet there are startlingly infrequent first variations of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As Kaag starts to catalog and browse via those important volumes, he embarks on an exciting trip that leads him to the life-affirming tenets of yank philosophy—self-reliance, pragmatism, and transcendence—and to a super younger Kantian who joins him within the recovery of the Hocking books.
Part highbrow historical past, half memoir, American Philosophy is eventually approximately love, freedom, and the position that knowledge can play in turning one’s existence around.
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The epic knowledge contained in a misplaced library is helping the writer flip his lifestyles aroundJohn Kaag is a dispirited younger thinker at sea in his marriage and his occupation while he stumbles upon West Wind, a wreck of an property within the hinterlands of latest Hampshire that belonged to the eminent Harvard thinker William Ernest Hocking.
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American Philosophy: A Love Story by John Kaag