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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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Trumping Cynicism with Imagination

Trumping Cynicism with Imagination

(p.476) Chapter Twenty-Five Trumping Cynicism with Imagination
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

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This chapter presents an interview with John J. McDermott. When asked about the role of philosophy in 20th century events that negatively affected millions of people, he admits that during those events philosophy was devising new language and symbolic logic because current philosophy had lost its purchase and even those things that were helpful did not receive attention. McDermott explains that since the 1930s, philosophy has lost its significance as the lodestone for the wisdom tradition because of the Vienna Circle, the Oxbridge analysis and the adoption of the scientific method related to the quest for certainty.

Keywords:   John J. McDermott, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, interview, philosophy, Vienna Circle, scientific method, Oxbridge analysis

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