Time in the Ditch

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1809-6
Publication Date
March 2001
Categories
Page Count
213 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9
ISBN
0-8101-1809-2

Time in the Ditch

American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era
John McCumber

In Time in the Ditch, John McCumber explores the effect of McCarthyism on American philosophy in the 1940s and 1950s. The possibility that the political pressures of the McCarthy era might have skewed the development of the discipline has rarely been addressed in the subsequent half century. Why was silence maintained for so long? And what happens, McCumber asks, when political events and pressures go beyond interfering with individual careers to influence the nature of a discipline itself?


About the Author
German Department, Northwestern University
Reviews
"Everyone admits in the abstract that behavior affects belief. Shameful conduct requires rationalizations, which broaden out. But people squirm when this truth is applied to particular (and especially to controversial) episodes. This book will, rightly, cause a lot of squirming." --Garry Wills