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The Drama of Possibility: Experience as Philosophy of Culture

John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson


This book traces the trajectory of John J. McDermott's philosophical career through a selection of his essays. Many were originally occasional pieces and address specific issues in American thought and culture. Together they constitute a mosaic of McDermott's philosophy, showing its roots in an American conception of experience. Though he draws heavily on the thought of William James and the pragmatists, McDermott has his own unique perspective on philosophy and American life. Drawing inspiration from American history, from existentialist themes, ... More

Keywords: John J. McDermott, philosophy, American life, William James, pragmatism, American thought, American culture, existentialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. McDermott, author

Douglas R. Anderson, editor
Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

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John J. McDermott

Part One An American Angle of Vision

Poem: Roots/Edges

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Chapter One Threadbare Crape

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Part Two Environing

Poem: The Professional Tin Cup

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Chapter Ten Glass Without Feet

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Part Three Turning

Poem: Waiting

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Chapter Eleven Why Bother

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Chapter Twelve: Ill-at-Ease

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Part Four Bequeathing

Poem: Deadlines

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Part Five Teaching

Poem: Lurking

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