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By Morton Gabriel White

ISBN-10: 0271018747

ISBN-13: 9780271018744

Even if an excellent many memoirs are being released nowadays, this autobiography by means of Morton White has unique importance simply because specialist philosophers seldom write their memoirs and, once they do, they not often produce books as enticing as this one. As historian of rules and a thinker, White is ready to situate his existence within the deeper and broader highbrow currents of his time, and for that reason the tale of his reports at Columbia, Harvard, and the Institute for complicated examine is a brilliantly conceived contribution to the background of yankee philosophy within the 20th century. Readers eager about the advance of upper schooling may be enthusiastic about White's description of the struggles over faith at Harvard within the Fifties, whereas historians of city lifestyles might be a lot drawn to his bright account of his boyhood at the decrease East facet of latest York. and scholars of pragmatism will study a lot in regards to the twentieth-century assault at the contrast among analytic and artificial statements from a letter written to White via the Polish philosopher Alfred Tarski, and from the three-way correspondence of Nelson Goodman, W. V. Quine, and White reproduced in an appendix. The author's dialogue of his touch with such influential thinkers as John Dewey, G. E. Moore, and Isaiah Berlin, and particularly his huge correspondence with Berlin, will additional improve the book's entice a vast viewers. certainly, White's autobiography may still allure extra recognition one of the proficient public than any publication written by way of an American thinker in lots of years.--Peter H. Hare, SUNY distinctive provider Professor of Philosophy and Editor, Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly magazine in American Philosophy.

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Prompted by our joint interest in philosophy and radical politics, Albert, Lawrence, and I, along with a number of friends and fellow students, formed a club in which we studied logic, philosophy, and political economy together. We saw ourselves as a sort of junior Vienna Circle in New York, cooperatively working on all the ideas that excited us. Sometimes our interest in combining logic and politics even led to futile efforts to “axiomatize” parts of Das Kapital. But we didn't work all the time.

Therefore I chose to do a respectable, modest thesis that they would accept rather than a possibly exciting one that they might not accept. Of course, the more daring one that I see in my mind's eye would probably have turned out to be a dud, but I like to think that it might have been more lively than the thesis I did write even though it would have been less likely to withstand later scholarly scrutiny. D. theses be published. Without question the Harvard system allowed a young philosopher to try being creative in a way that was rare at Columbia in my graduate days there.

Crowd. 's other editor, Philip Rahv, but I did not really know them. At that time Dwight Macdonald was the only one in the group whom I knew and liked, but even Dwight was not exactly a friend. 's assigning Hook's John Dewey to me for review—a “mere boy” of twenty-three when it appeared. I can also remember Dwight's asking me later to write for his magazine Politics and my reviewing Croce's Politics and Morals for him. Other Partisan Review people I knew at one time or another in the late thirties and early forties were Mary McCarthy and F.

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