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 19th-and early 20th-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 19th-and early 20th-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 Bio: Louis Menand

Author Bio: Louis Menand

Louis Menand is professor of English at Harvard University and a staff writer at the New Yorker. His books include The Metaphysical Club, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history and the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians. In 2016, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English