Trumping Cynicism with Imagination

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226627
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235704 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Trumping Cynicism               with Imagination

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This chapter presents an interview with John J. McDermott. When asked about the role of philosophy in 20th century events that negatively affected millions of people, he admits that during those events philosophy was devising new language and symbolic logic because current philosophy had lost its purchase and even those things that were helpful did not receive attention. McDermott explains that since the 1930s, philosophy has lost its significance as the lodestone for the wisdom tradition because of the Vienna Circle, the Oxbridge analysis and the adoption of the scientific method related to the quest for certainty.

Keywords: John J. McDermott; Distinguished Professor of Philosophy; interview; philosophy; Vienna Circle; scientific method; Oxbridge analysis

Chapter.  6172 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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