A Philosopher's Story by Morton Gabriel White

By Morton Gabriel White

Even supposing a very good many memoirs are being released nowadays, this autobiography by means of Morton White has targeted importance simply because specialist philosophers seldom write their memoirs and, once they do, they hardly produce books as attractive as this one. As historian of principles and a thinker, White is ready to situate his lifestyles within the deeper and broader highbrow currents of his time, and accordingly the tale of his stories at Columbia, Harvard, and the Institute for complex research is a brilliantly conceived contribution to the background of yankee philosophy within the 20th century. Readers all for the advance of upper schooling should be thinking about White's description of the struggles over faith at Harvard within the Nineteen Fifties, whereas historians of city existence may be a lot drawn to his bright account of his boyhood at the reduce East aspect of recent York. and scholars of pragmatism will study a lot concerning the twentieth-century assault at the contrast among analytic and artificial statements from a letter written to White through the Polish philosopher 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 broad correspondence with Berlin, will additional increase the book's attract a extensive viewers. certainly, White's autobiography may still allure extra realization one of the expert public than any ebook written through an American thinker in lots of years.--Peter H. Hare, SUNY special provider Professor of Philosophy and Editor, Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly magazine in American Philosophy.

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There I came to know a little better what Protestants were, and there for the first time I caught a glimpse of an aspect of American life that I never knew on Catherine Street, in Seward Park, or at City College. Columbia was in those days still living on the material capital of an earlier generation. Nicholas Murray Butler, its ancient president, was still at the helm; the buildings were ugly but comfortable and well appointed (at least by comparison to those at City College); and Columbia undergraduates and faculty still had some sense of social superiority.

Previous page page_43 next page > < previous page page_44 next page > Page 44 4Husband, Father, Teacher Readers of what I have said so far will not find it altogether surprising that I married a Gentile. I had not been raised in a very Jewish home; I was a philosopher; I was an atheist; I was a political radical; I was very much in love with Lucia, and she was in love with me; and the world seemed to be going to hell in so many ways that it seemed like madness to let anything stand in the way of our being married after we had lived together long enough to know that we would be happy together.

I believe that my period at City College was one of the turning points in my life. It was there that I began the study of philosophy, which became my career; it was there that I became interested in some of the intellectual topics that have been of concern to me for more than a half century. In spite of my reservations about Cohen as a philosophical thinker and in spite of my great distaste for the way in which he treated some of us in his classes, I think that were it not for him, I should never have begun the serious study of philosophy.

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