Fall 2007 Voltaire's Coffee with Professor James Galbraith, LBJ School of Public Affairs/Economics
Wed, September 5, 2007 • 7:00 PM • Carothers Residence Hall/Joynes 007B. Enter from Quad Courtyard--east door.
The Metaphysical Club was an informal intellectual gathering of philosophers and academics that met in Cambridge, Mass., for only nine months in 1872. Menand, known for his contributions to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, follows the evolution of pragmatism as it emerged from the minds of four of the club's members: Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, William James, Charles Sanders Peirce and John Dewey.The Metaphysical Club describes how the lives of these great thinkers interconnect in an enjoyable, though sometimes complex, narrative. This book is stimulating for our nation today, as Menand stresses the important role of intellectuals in times of chaos (in this case, after the Civil War), when people's beliefs are put to the test.