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Author Dooley, Patrick Kiaran.

Title A community of inquiry : conversations between classical American philosophy and American literature / Patrick K. Dooley
Published Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 255 pages)
Contents Foreword / Louis J. Budd, Peter H. Hare -- Spectators and/or participants: Crane on epistemological privilege" -- "In the depths of a coal mine": Crane's metaphysics of experience -- Ethical tolerance and sociological savvy: Crane's travels in Mexico -- "Matters of conscience" and "blunders of virtue": Crane on the varieties of heroism, or why moral philosophers need literature -- Human solidarity in an indifferent universe: Crane's humanism -- Nineteenth-century business ethics and The rise of Silas Lapham -- Howells's ethical exegesis in The rise of Silas Lapham -- Fakes and good frauds: pragmatic religion in The damnation of Theron ware -- Public policy and philosophical critique: the James-and-Roosevelt dialogue on strenuousness -- The strenuous mood: London's The sea- wolf and James on saints and strongmen -- London's "south of the slot" and James's "The divided self" -- Muscular and moral heroism in Norris's A man's woman -- Philosophical pragmatism and theological temperament: 'the religious and the miraculous in Cather's Death comes for the archbishop -- Cather's phenomenology of memory and James's "Specious Present" -- Tools, work, and machines in Cather's One of ours -- Creating community: Steinbeck's The grapes of wrath and Royce's philosophy of loyalty -- Human dignity, work, the need for community, and "the duty of the writer to lift up:" Steinbeck's philosophy of work -- Work, friendship, and community in Maclean's The river runs through It -- Appendix: Suggestions for further reading and American philosophy
Summary Explores the ways literature and philosophy enrich each other's inquiry into the human condition"I applaud the novel ways in which Dooley brings to life the interchanges between philosophy and literature in America during this period. Although numerous literary scholars have published in this field, Dooley is, to my knowledge, the first professional philosopher to make a major contribution. As a philosopher thoroughly trained in the American tradition, Dooley is able to highlight features of the conversation hitherto neglected by those with literary training."--The Foreword by Peter H. Hare"These truly are 'conversations' between two distinct fields that rarely talk to one another in such precise and revealing ways, and Dooley is superbly equipped to conduct that conversation. A Community of Inquiry is fresh, lively, and original."--Tom Quirk, professor of English, University of MissouriRecently and increasingly, literary and philosophical scholars are subscribing to the view that philosophy and literature are allies. However, nearly all of these scholars have concentrated on analyses of Greek philosophers and dramatists as well as English novels and novelists with reference to the nature of a good society and a moral life. The essays presented in A Community of Inquiry explore often-neglected works: classical American philosophy, especially pragmatism, and American literature, particularly the realists and naturalists, and mostly ignored fundamental issues of epistemology and metaphysics. This interdisciplinary study examines the connections between American philosophy and literature, demonstrating how a cluster of elements normally identified as the signature components of classical American philosophy are prominent in the canonical works of American literature. The subjects discussed range from Stephen Crane's metaphysics to business ethics in William Dean Howells, pragmatic religion in Willa Cather and Harold Frederic, John Steinbeck's philosophy of work, and Norman Maclean's philosophy of community. Dooley is uniquely qualified to handle this study of the interactions and intersections of philosophical thinking and literary writing. His philosophical background and analytical rigor provide a new perspective on the authors and subjects discussed in A Community of Inquiry, making this book appealing to those interested in American literary, intellectual, historical, and/or philosophical studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-250) and index
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Subject American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Literature -- Philosophy.
Philosophy in literature.
Philosophy, American -- 19th century.
Philosophy, American -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1631010425 (electronic bk.)
1631010433 (e-book)
9781631010422 (electronic bk.)
9781631010439 (e-book)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)