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American the Philosophical , written by Carlin Romano

American the Philosophical , written by Carlin Romano New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 688 pp. $1.99 Hardcover, isbn : 9780679434702. $18 paperback, isbn : 9780345804709. $13.99 e-book, isbn : 9780307958211. In America the Philosophical , journalist, philosopher, and professor Carlin Romano defends the seemingly indefensible: For the surprising little secret of our ardently capitalist, famously materialist, heavily iPodded, iPadded and iPhoned society is that America in the early twenty-first century towers as the most philosophical culture in the history of the world, an unprecedented marketplace of truth and argument that far surpasses ancient Greece, Cartesian France, nineteenth-century Germany or any other place one can name over the past three millennia (p. 10). As more articles and books decrying American anti-intellectualism appear every year, asserting that we already live in the dystopian future of Mike Judge’s film Idiocracy , Romano has set a prodigious task for himself. He is up to it, covering an immense range of culture, history, and philosophy. His “full-scale assault” (p. 19) on the idea that America is unphilosophical, at best, covers seven distinct points: 1. A reappraisal of American philosophy, one sensitive to biography. 2. The rise of nonprofessional philosophers and their role in the public sphere. 3. The increasing role http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

American the Philosophical , written by Carlin Romano

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 13 (3): 341 – Aug 23, 2016

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Brill
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© 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Book Reviews
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 688 pp. $1.99 Hardcover, isbn : 9780679434702. $18 paperback, isbn : 9780345804709. $13.99 e-book, isbn : 9780307958211. In America the Philosophical , journalist, philosopher, and professor Carlin Romano defends the seemingly indefensible: For the surprising little secret of our ardently capitalist, famously materialist, heavily iPodded, iPadded and iPhoned society is that America in the early twenty-first century towers as the most philosophical culture in the history of the world, an unprecedented marketplace of truth and argument that far surpasses ancient Greece, Cartesian France, nineteenth-century Germany or any other place one can name over the past three millennia (p. 10). As more articles and books decrying American anti-intellectualism appear every year, asserting that we already live in the dystopian future of Mike Judge’s film Idiocracy , Romano has set a prodigious task for himself. He is up to it, covering an immense range of culture, history, and philosophy. His “full-scale assault” (p. 19) on the idea that America is unphilosophical, at best, covers seven distinct points: 1. A reappraisal of American philosophy, one sensitive to biography. 2. The rise of nonprofessional philosophers and their role in the public sphere. 3. The increasing role

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Published: Aug 23, 2016

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