Time in the Ditch: American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era

Time in the Ditch American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era In Time in the Ditch John McCumber explores the effect of McCarthyism on American philosophy in the s and s The possibility that the political pressures of the McCarthy era might have skewed

  • Title: Time in the Ditch: American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era
  • Author: John McCumber
  • ISBN: 9780810118096
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Time in the Ditch, John McCumber explores the effect of McCarthyism on American philosophy in the 1940s and 1950s The possibility that the political pressures of the McCarthy era might have skewed the development of the discipline has rarely been addressed in the subsequent half century Why was silence maintained for so long And what happens, McCumber asks, when poliIn Time in the Ditch, John McCumber explores the effect of McCarthyism on American philosophy in the 1940s and 1950s The possibility that the political pressures of the McCarthy era might have skewed the development of the discipline has rarely been addressed in the subsequent half century Why was silence maintained for so long And what happens, McCumber asks, when political events and pressures go beyond interfering with individual careers to influence the nature of a discipline itself

    One thought on “Time in the Ditch: American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era”

    1. Wholly dissatisfying on every level. For starters, McCumber takes the addresses by the Presidents to the American Philosophical Association's annual divisional meetings as indications of the content, direction, and tendencies of the "profession." Further, he takes the "profession" to include, it appears, those who publish in the big-time journals, attend and are elected to presidencies of big-time societies, but mainly of the APA. All this could confirm is the direction taken by a particular seg [...]

    2. An interesting fusion of intellectual history and philosophy. McCumber seeks to explain analytic philosophy's near hegemony in the American university by looking back to its brush with McCarthyism in the 1950s. Unfortunately, McCumber largely fails to demonstrate McCarthyism's impact on philosophy instead going off on a series of (fascinating) tangents and anecdotes about his experience as a philosophy professor in the 1980s and 1990s. Not the best argued book I've ever read, but an informative [...]

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