The Darkness and the Light: A Philosopher Reflects Upon His Fortunate Career and Those Who Made It Possible

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SUNY Press, Oct 1, 1990 - Philosophy - 426 pages
In this book Charles Hartshorne continues his contribution to the field with autobiographical reflections, showing the causal conditions which made his career possible.

There is some advantage in associating philosophical beliefs with specific life situations. The reader will find suggestions for a philosophy of life and of religion. The religion is not the orthodox Protestant Christianity which I grew up in, although it is closely related, but also includes Judaism, Buddhism, and some forms of Hinduism. It will in some ways be found close to the beliefs of C.S. Peirce and also those of A.N. Whitehead. Of the persons, famous or not famous, that I have known, I recall many things that seem worth making available to others, sometimes witty remarks, expressions of outstanding goodness, remarkable wisdom, or ludicrous foolishness. In such ways the book is a celebration of life in its variety, depths, and heights. Charles Hartshorne
 

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Contents

The Author Introduces Himself
1
The I and the Me
5
Geographical
8
More Personal than Modest
15
A Frustrating but Constructive Philosophical Dream
25
A Sheltered Childhood 18971911
33
A Noble Friend
36
Marguerite Haughton Hartshorne
37
Homo and Heterosexuality
208
The University of Chicago 19281955
211
Hutchins Adler McKeon
221
The X Club
227
Carnap
230
Students
233
Theologians and Metaphysicians
236
Lecturing in German 19481949
238

Francis Cope Hartshorne
45
My Four Brothers
56
Male Chauvinism
62
Public School
64
A Boarding School in the Country Religion Nature Becoming A Writer 19111915
67
Some Other Boarding School Teachers
70
School Life
74
Appendicitis and Poetry
84
Some Playmates and Relatives
91
Sister Frances Cousin Emily Some Aunts
99
Aunt Amy and Lillie Zietz
100
Professor J Duncan Spaeth
105
Haverford College 19151917
109
Frank Morley and Evan Phillips
110
Some Upper Classmen
115
Some Haverford Teachers
116
Life in an Army Medical Corps 19171919
123
A Base Hospital and Its Nurses and Patients
126
Some Professional Soldiers
135
Commanding Officers and Psychosomatic Eye Trouble
137
My Life Is Saved Fellow Orderlies Alcoholism
138
ReligiousPhilosophical Experiences
147
The Thrill of Youth
149
Harvard Europe Harvard 19191928
155
Some Professors
157
Two Roommates
165
Some Landladies
169
Volunteer Work in a Camp for Boys
170
A Traveling Fellowship 19231925
171
Some Letters and F C Hartshornes Last Public Address
172
Some Youthful Experiences With Women
197
Social Relations of a Wandering Student
202
What Makes Life Together Endurable?
207
Why Leave a Great University?
243
Some Friends in Chicago and Elsewhere
251
Kurt Riezler
264
A Neighborhood Institution
266
Bird Friends Are Good Friends
268
Three Russian Aristocrats
274
Some Excellent Household Helpers
277
E LA Southern Gentleman of a New School
282
The Move To the South 19551962
287
A Small but Good University
289
Lecturing in Seattle and Kyoto
292
The University of Texas 1962
295
A Great Naturalist
298
Texas Philosophers
300
Recollections of Famous Philosophers And Other Important Persons
307
Some Other Philosophers
333
Kallen Feigl Langford
334
Bag Puller and E S Brightman
336
Morris Cohen
340
Max Otto
342
Eustace Hayden
343
Odds and Ends
345
The Deaths of Dear Ones
349
Mentally Disturbed Students
350
Opportunity Genius and Ambition
353
Whats Wrong with Everybody?
357
What is There to Regret?
364
Life is Unfair
370
Wordsworths Vision
372
Epilogue
381
Name Index
405
Topic Index
415
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Charles Hartshorne is Ashbel Smith Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Creativity in American Philosophy, Insights and Oversights of Great Thinkers, Omnipotence and Other Theological Mistakes, and Wisdom as Moderation all published by SUNY Press.

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