By John Kaag
The epic knowledge contained in a misplaced library is helping the writer flip his lifestyles around
John Kaag is a dispirited younger thinker at sea in his marriage and his profession whilst he stumbles upon West Wind, a break of an property within the hinterlands of recent Hampshire that belonged to the eminent Harvard thinker William Ernest Hocking. Hocking was once one of many final real giants of yankee philosophy and a right away 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 outstanding book.
The books Kaag discovers within the Hocking library are crawling with bugs and entire of mildew. yet he resolves to revive them, as he instantly acknowledges their value. not just does the library at West Wind comprise handwritten notes from Whitman and inscriptions from Frost, yet there are startlingly infrequent first variations of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As Kaag starts off to catalog and skim via those beneficial 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 heritage, half memoir, American Philosophy is eventually approximately love, freedom, and the function that knowledge can play in turning one’s lifestyles around.
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American Philosophy: A Love Story by John Kaag