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 while he stumbles upon West Wind, a destroy 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 actual giants of yank philosophy and an immediate highbrow descendent of William James, the daddy of yank philosophy and psychology, with whom Kaag feels a deep kinship. it's James’s query “Is existence worthy living?” that publications this extraordinary book.
The books Kaag discovers within the Hocking library are crawling with bugs and entire of mould. yet he resolves to revive them, as he instantly acknowledges their significance. not just does the library at West Wind include handwritten notes from Whitman and inscriptions from Frost, yet there are startlingly infrequent first variants of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As Kaag starts off to catalog and browse via those important volumes, he embarks on an exhilarating 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 function that knowledge can play in turning one’s existence around.
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American Philosophy: A Love Story by John Kaag