Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Acquisitions

Stopped by a used book store I hadn't been to for a while on my way home from the bank yesterday, and I picked up:

- "Pragmatic Philosophy", an anthology edited by Amelie Rorty (Richard Rorty's first wife) in 1966. This was before Rorty's Mirror of Nature, which makes it an interesting volume insofar as the selections are all pre-Rortian pragmatism that still inevitably bear his mark. It has the classic pragmatists, their critics, and more modern (but pre-Rortian) pragmatists.

- "Faulkner at the University", a selected transcript of conferences William Faulkner held in his time as writer in residence at the University of Virginia in the late 1950s. It's a crucial source for Faulkner scholars, because most of the discussion is about his writing (what he meant or intended to say in different stories, etc.). There are other interesting social observations interspersed as well.

I've been perusing both of them and started in on C.S. Peirce directly in the anthology.

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