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The philosophy scare : the politics of reason in the early Cold War, John McCumber

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The philosophy scare : the politics of reason in the early Cold War
Title
The philosophy scare
Title remainder
the politics of reason in the early Cold War
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John McCumber
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eng
Summary
From the rise of formalist novels that championed the heroism of the individual to the proliferation of abstract art as a counter to socialist realism, the years of the Cold War had a profound impact on American intellectual life. As John McCumber shows in this fascinating account, philosophy, too, was hit hard by the Red Scare. Detailing the immense political pressures that reshaped philosophy departments in midcentury America, he shows just how radically politics can alter the course of intellectual history. McCumber begins with the story of Max Otto, whose appointment to the UCLA Philosophy Department in 1947 was met with widespread protest charging him as an atheist. Drawing on Otto's case, McCumber details the hugely successful conservative efforts that, by 1960, had all but banished the existentialist and pragmatist paradigms not to mention Marxism from philosophy departments all across the country, replacing them with an approach that valorized scientific objectivity and free markets and which downplayed the anti-theistic implications of modern thought. As he shows, while there have since been many instances of definitive and even explosive rejection of this conservative trend, its effects can still be seen at American universities today
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McCumber, John,
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Philosophy
  • Academic freedom
  • Philosophy
  • Cold War
  • Rational choice theory
  • Naturalism
  • United States
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The philosophy scare : the politics of reason in the early Cold War, John McCumber
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-207) and index
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text
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Contents
The cudgels of freedom: Cold War philosophy's theory of objects -- Academic stealth in the early Cold War -- Reductionism as the favored form of naturalism -- The carrots of reason: Cold War philosophy's theory of subjects -- The politics of rational choice -- Rational choice philosophy as "scientific philosophy" -- Purifying the academy -- Organizing academic repression: the California plan -- Rationalizing academic repression: the Allen formula -- Epilogue: the two fates of Cold War philosophy
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938708170
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 218 pages
Isbn
9780226396385
Lccn
2016005510
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)938708170
Label
The philosophy scare : the politics of reason in the early Cold War, John McCumber
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-207) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The cudgels of freedom: Cold War philosophy's theory of objects -- Academic stealth in the early Cold War -- Reductionism as the favored form of naturalism -- The carrots of reason: Cold War philosophy's theory of subjects -- The politics of rational choice -- Rational choice philosophy as "scientific philosophy" -- Purifying the academy -- Organizing academic repression: the California plan -- Rationalizing academic repression: the Allen formula -- Epilogue: the two fates of Cold War philosophy
Control code
938708170
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 218 pages
Isbn
9780226396385
Lccn
2016005510
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)938708170

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