Enlightening Journey

Enlightening Journey : The Autobiography of an American Scholar

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739104225
  • 9780739104224

About Nicholas Rescher

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).show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Preliminaries Chapter 2 Family Background Chapter 3 A German Childhood: Hagen, 1928-1939 Chapter 4 An Immigrant Boy, Beechhurst, 1938-42 Chapter 5 High School Days: 1942-1946 Chapter 6 Queens College: Flushing, 1946-1949 Chapter 7 Princeton University: 1949-1952 Chapter 8 U.S.M.C. Washington, DC: 1952-1954 Chapter 9 The RAND Corporation: Santa Monica, 1954-1956 Chapter 10 Lehigh University: Bethlehem, PA, 1957-1961 Chapter 11 Pittsburgh-The First Years: 1961-1966 Chapter 12 Pittsburgh-The Years of Change: 1966-1971 Chapter 13 Pittsburgh and Oxford: 1971-1974 Chapter 14 Retrospect: 1975 Chapter 15 Squirrel Hill: 1975-1980 Chapter 16 Wanderings: 1981-1985 Chapter 17 Retrospect: 1985 Chapter 18 Toward the 1990s: 1985-1989 Chapter 19 Changing Priorities: 1990-1995 Chapter 20 Retrospect: 1995 Chapter 21 At the Dawn of a New Millennium: 1996-2002 Chapter 22 Retrospect: 2002show more