DECEMBER 14TH: John Kaag on AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY: A LOVE STORY
"John Kaag is the closest thing we have to William James: a breathtakingly good prose stylist; philosophically and psychologically courageous, inventive and inspiring; ruthlessly honest; unsparing about the difficulties of love, intimacy and experience; and above all, human, in the most valuable and moral sense of the word."
John Kaag discusses American Philosophy: A Love Story, the story of his discovery of a library that belonged to the eminent Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. Hocking was a direct intellectual descendant of William James, with whom Kaag feels a deep kinship. It is James's question "Is life worth living?" that guides this remarkable book.
Part intellectual history, part memoir, American Philosophy is ultimately about love, freedom, and the role that wisdom can play in turning one's life around.
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