The Drama of Possibility: Experience as Philosophy of Culture (American Philosophy) (Paperback)

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The Drama of Possibility: Experience as Philosophy of Culture (American Philosophy) By John J. McDermott, Douglas R. Anderson (Editor) Cover Image


This book traces the trajectory of John J. McDermott's philosophical career through a selection of his essays. Many were originally occasional pieces and address specific issues in American thought and culture. Together they constitute a mosaic of McDermott's philosophy, showing its roots in an American conception of experience. Though he draws heavily on the thought of William James and the pragmatists, McDermott has his own unique perspective on philosophy and American life. He presents this to the reader in exquisitely crafted prose. Drawing inspiration from American history, from existentialist themes, and from personal experiences, he offers a dramatic consideration of our culture's failures and successes.

McDermott crosses disciplinary boundaries to draw on whatever works to help make sense of the
issues with which he is dealing--issues rooted in medical practice, political events, pedagogical habits, and the worlds of the arts. His work thus resists simple categorization. It is precisely this that makes his vibrant prose appealing to so many both inside and outside the world of American philosophy.

About the Author

JOHN J. MCDERMOTT is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. His essays have been collected in two earlier volumes: The Culture of Experience: PhilosophicalEssays in the American Grain and Streams of Experience: Reflections on the History and Philosophy of American Culture. He is also the editor of a stream of important editions, including The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, reissued by Fordham in 2005. DOUGLAS R. ANDERSON is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of Creativity and the Philosophy of C. S. Peirce, Strands of System, and Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture (Fordham). He is editor of the Transactions of the Charles Peirce Society.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780823226634
ISBN-10: 0823226638
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication Date: June 15th, 2007
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: American Philosophy