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By Patrick Dooley

Explores the methods literature and philosophy increase each one other’s inquiry into the human condition“I applaud the unconventional ways that Dooley brings to existence the interchanges among philosophy and literature in the USA in this interval. even supposing various literary students have released during this box, Dooley is, to my wisdom, the 1st expert thinker to make an immense contribution. As a thinker completely educated within the American culture, Dooley is ready to spotlight gains of the dialog hitherto overlooked via people with literary training.”—from the Foreword via Peter H. Hare“These actually are ‘conversations’ among particular fields that hardly ever consult each other in such special and revealing methods, and Dooley is beautifully outfitted to behavior that dialog. A group of Inquiry is clean, full of life, and original.”—Tom Quirk, professor of English, college of MissouriRecently and more and more, literary and philosophical students are subscribing to the view that philosophy and literature are allies. despite the fact that, the majority of those students have focused on analyses of Greek philosophers and dramatists in addition to English novels and novelists on the subject of the character of an exceptional society and an ethical lifestyles. The essays offered in A group of Inquiry discover often-neglected works: classical American philosophy, particularly pragmatism, and American literature, rather the realists and naturalists, and regularly missed primary problems with epistemology and metaphysics.This interdisciplinary learn examines the connections among American philosophy and literature, demonstrating how a cluster of parts as a rule pointed out because the signature elements of classical American philosophy are famous within the canonical works of yank literature. the topics mentioned diversity from Stephen Crane’s metaphysics to enterprise 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 address this learn of the interactions and intersections of philosophical considering and literary writing. His philosophical heritage and analytical rigor offer a brand new viewpoint at the authors and topics mentioned in A neighborhood of Inquiry, making this e-book attractive to these drawn to American literary, highbrow, historic, and/or philosophical studies.

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