The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand audiobook

The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America

By Louis Menand
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Hardly a club in the conventional sense, the organization referred to in the title of this superb literary hybrid—part history, part biography, part philosophy—consisted of four members and probably existed for less than nine months. Yet its impact upon American intellectual life remains incalculable. Louis Menand masterfully weaves pivotal late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century events, colorful biographical anecdotes, and abstract ideas into a narrative whole that both enthralls and enlightens. The Metaphysical Club is a compellingly vital account of how the cluster of ideas that came to be called pragmatism was forged from the searing experiences of its progenitors’ lives. Here are Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey, all of them giants of American thought, made colloquially accessible both as human beings and as intellects.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History

Winner of the 2002 Parkman Prize for the Society of American Historians

A 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for History

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Hardly a club in the conventional sense, the organization referred to in the title of this superb literary hybrid—part history, part biography, part philosophy—consisted of four members and probably existed for less than nine months. Yet its impact upon American intellectual life remains incalculable. Louis Menand masterfully weaves pivotal late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century events, colorful biographical anecdotes, and abstract ideas into a narrative whole that both enthralls and enlightens.

The Metaphysical Club is a compellingly vital account of how the cluster of ideas that came to be called pragmatism was forged from the searing experiences of its progenitors’ lives. Here are Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey, all of them giants of American thought, made colloquially accessible both as human beings and as intellects.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Metaphysical Club is dramatic and persuasive…Something very like a history of the American mind at work.” New York Review of Books
“[A] detailed and fascinating essay on the history of American intellectual life…It enlivens virtually everything it touches.” Economist
“If you can read only one book about pragmatism and American culture, this is the book to read.” American Scientist
“Brilliant…Menand brings rare common sense and graceful, witty prose to his richly nuanced reading of American intellectual history.” New York Times Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: Louis Menand

Author Bio: Louis Menand

Louis Menand is most well known for The Metaphysical Club, a detailed history of American intellectual and philosophical life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It received a Pulitzer Prize in history in 2002 and also received the 2002 Francis Parkman Prize. Menand is currently a staff writer for the New Yorker and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. He completed his undergraduate work at Pomona and received his PhD from Columbia University in 1980. Currently professor of English and American literature and language at Harvard, he lives between Beacon Hill, Massachusetts, and New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English