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Wilderness in America : Philosophical Writings

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by Henry Bugbee, David Rodick

The philosophy of Henry Bugbee defies traditional academic categorization. Though inspired by Heidegger and American Transcendentalism, he was also admired by the famous analytic philosopher Willard van Orman Quine, who described him as the ultimate exemplar of the examined life.

Bugbee’s writings are remarkably different from anything written in twentieth-century American philosophy, most famously in the journal-form of his best-known work, The Inward Morning. The beautifully written essays collected here show Bugbee’s continuing commitment that “anyone who throws his entire personality into his work must to some extent adopt an aesthetic attitude and medium.”

Beginning with an introductory account of Bugbee’s “experiential naturalism,” this book brings Bugbee’s early writings together with some of his most celebrated essays, as well as unpublished pieces, an extended interview, and a handful of tributes and reflections by others. Together, the book reintroduces a major thinker of nature, an environmental philosopher avant la lettre who has much to contribute to American and continental thought.

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The purpose of this book is to remove the philosophical writings of Henry Bugbee from relative obscurity, making them more accessible to the wider public. Beginning with an introductory account of Bugbee’s “experiential naturalism,” the development of his thought is traced from his student writings in Part One to some select published writings in Part Two, followed by heretofore unpublished writings in Part Three. Part Four consists of an in-depth interview conducted during the twilight years of his life. The book concludes with a rich collection of appendices that are intended to shed light upon the unique person Bugbee in fact was. The end-in-view throughout has been to allow Bugbee the opportunity to speak in his own words and, when appropriate, through the words of others: those both familiar with the man as well as his philosophy.

Paperback
PublisherFordham Univ Pr
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ISBN-109780823275366
AudienceGeneral Adult
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish

Henry Bugbee (1915-99) was the author of The Inward Morning: A Philosophical Exploration in Journal Form.

David W. Rodick has taught philosophy at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maryland University College at Bagram, Afghanistan, Michigan Technological University, and Xavier University in Cincinnati.

synopsis

The purpose of this book is to remove the philosophical writings of Henry Bugbee from relative obscurity, making them more accessible to the wider public. Beginning with an introductory account of Bugbee’s “experiential naturalism,” the development of his thought is traced from his student writings in Part One to some select published writings in Part Two, followed by heretofore unpublished writings in Part Three. Part Four consists of an in-depth interview conducted during the twilight years of his life. The book concludes with a rich collection of appendices that are intended to shed light upon the unique person Bugbee in fact was. The end-in-view throughout has been to allow Bugbee the opportunity to speak in his own words and, when appropriate, through the words of others: those both familiar with the man as well as his philosophy.

book details
Paperback
PublisherFordham Univ Pr
Dimensions0"x0"x0"
ISBN-109780823275366
AudienceGeneral Adult
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
about the author

Henry Bugbee (1915-99) was the author of The Inward Morning: A Philosophical Exploration in Journal Form.

David W. Rodick has taught philosophy at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maryland University College at Bagram, Afghanistan, Michigan Technological University, and Xavier University in Cincinnati.