the pluralist 8 : 2 2013 America the Philosophical Carlin Romano. New York: Knopf, 2012. America the Philosophical is a wake-up call to the institutional practice of Philosophy in the United States. Romano's claim is twofold; an incisive critique of the narrow way in which academic Philosophy--Philosophy with a capital "P"--is currently practiced; and a celebration of the vast amount of philosophical (with a small "p") energy displayed in American culture. Romano, a philosopher, lawyer, journalist, literary critic, and Professor of Philosophy, is able to marshal a unique set of skills, experiences, and insights to support his claim. America the Philosophical stands in a long line of compelling appeals to American Philosophy. Emerson's Divinity School Address represents a "first wave" of appeals for the importance of the American angle of vision--a "spiritual declaration of independence." John Dewey's call for a "recovery of philosophy" away from abstract considerations to "problems of men" constitutes a "second wave." Richard Rorty's Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, emphasizing the need for Philosophy to engage the contemporary intellectual landscape in conversation, represents a "third wave." Romano's book, admonishing the hyper-professionalization of Philosophy and its excessive formalism, while celebrating the proliferation of philosophical activity
The Pluralist – University of Illinois Press
Published: Jul 26, 2013
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