By Morton Gabriel White
Even if a good many memoirs are being released nowadays, this autobiography by means of Morton White has distinctive value simply because expert philosophers seldom write their memoirs and, after they do, they not often produce books as attractive as this one. As historian of principles 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 stories at Columbia, Harvard, and the Institute for complicated learn is a brilliantly conceived contribution to the heritage of yank philosophy within the 20th century. Readers inquisitive about the improvement of upper schooling could be occupied with White's description of the struggles over faith at Harvard within the Nineteen Fifties, whereas historians of city existence can be a lot drawn to his vibrant account of his boyhood at the reduce East part of recent York. and scholars of pragmatism will research a lot in regards to the twentieth-century assault at the contrast among analytic and artificial statements from a letter written to White through the Polish truth seeker 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 extra increase the book's entice a huge viewers. certainly, White's autobiography may still allure extra recognition one of the informed public than any ebook written through an American thinker in lots of years.--Peter H. Hare, SUNY amazing provider Professor of Philosophy and Editor, Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly magazine in American Philosophy.
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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.
He was condemned for not having a job of any kind—whereas I ran into difficulties created by my parents on religious grounds. For a reason I cannot recall, Albert was at one point anxious to keep his relationship with Roberta from his family, but he was eager to have the family meet her before he announced their plan to marry. So one night all four of us went to dinner at the Wohlstetter apartment, pretending that Lucia was Albert's girl and Roberta mine. In the end each of us married the right person, but before I come to some events that preceded my marriage, I want to say a little more about our intellectual gang's interests and activities between 1936 and 1940, the year in which I was married.
How that came about and how I came to write that thesis, The Origin of Dewey's Instrumentalism, reveals something about Columbia in the thirties and forties as well as something about me. Why didn't I write a thesis in the philosophy of science, in which I was much interested at the time? First of all, I was affected by the peculiarly sour attitude of Nagel himself toward his own subject. Rarely have I known a man who could turn his nose up so disapprovingly at the mention of so many famous philosophers who shared his interests.