Enlightening Journey: The Autobiography of an American Scholar

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Lexington Books, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 284 pages
Enlightening Journey brings the life of the American philosopher, Nicholas Rescher, into the new millennium. The latest in a quartet of autobiographical works, this latest installment charts--in a single volume--the many twists and turns of Rescher's life and career. It takes the reader from Rescher's childhood in Weimar and then Nazi Germany through life as a first generation American during the Depression; as a high school student during World War II and a graduate student at Princeton; as a serviceman during the Korean War to work as a Cold War warrior with the RAND Corporation during the Vietnam War. It traces the evolution of Rescher's career as a professional philosopher and his contribution of over seventy books and more than two hundred articles, many written in the construction of his signature system of pragmatic idealism. The very best in biography, Enlightening Journey offers new insight into the intellectual power and restless curiosity of an extraordinary modern scholar seeking to live out a very ordinary American life.
 

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Contents

Family Background
xxi
A German Childhood Hagen 19281939
11
An Immigrant Boy Beechhurst 19391942
19
High School Days 19421946
23
Queens College Flushing 19461949
37
Princeton University 19491952
45
USMC Washington DC 19521954
61
The RAND Corporation Santa Monica 19541956
75
Retrospect 1975
155
Squirrel Hill 19751980
165
Wanderings 19811985
175
Retrospect 1985
191
Toward the 1990s 19851989
193
Changing Priorities 19901995
207
Retrospect 1995
225
At the Dawn of a New Millennium 19962002
229

Lehigh University Bethlehem PA 19571961
95
Pittsburgh The First Years 19611966
109
Pittsburgh The Years of Change 19661971
123
Pittsburgh and Oxford 19711974
137
Retrospect 2002
253
Chronological Bibliography of the Works of Nicholas Rescher
255
Index
265
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About the author (2002)

Nicholas Rescher is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. An amazingly prolific contemporary American philosopher, Rescher has authored over fifty books in the process of constructing a system of pragmatic idealism. He encapsulates his synoptic system in the trilogy A System of Pragmatic Idealism (1992-94).

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