A Philosopher's Story

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Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 363 pages

A Philosopher&’s Story is the autobiography of a prominent philosopher whose interactions with other leading thinkers and experiences at major institutions of higher learning over a period of time of more than fifty years make this an informative introduction to the intellectual life of late twentieth century America. During his academic career, Morton White has been involved in a number of controversies that have raised profound issues. One concerned the role of religion at Harvard in the 1950s; another was precipitated by the student rebellion at Harvard in the 1960s; and a third surrounded the question of academic governance at the Institute of Advanced Study during the 1970s. Throughout his academic career he has been an intellectual bridge-builder who has tried to avoid the pitfalls off wooliness and obscurity while uniting his widely spread interests. This is a professor&’s story with many distinguishing features. Like other examples of the author&’s writing, it reflects many different aspects of American thought and society during the twentieth century.

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Morton White is Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Among his many well-known books are Social Thought in America (1948), Foundations of Historical Knowledge (1965), Science and Sentiment in America (1972), and The Question of Free Will (1993).

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