Rowman and Littlefield International

American Philosophy in Translation

By Naoko Saito

Exploring the possibilities of American philosophy from the perspective of translation, and in turn elucidating the dynamism and tension within American philosophy, this book invokes the idea of philosophy as translation as human transformation and presents a broader concept of translation as internal to the nature of language and of human life.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786610867 Release date: Nov 2019
£80.00 €112.00 $120.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781786610874 Release date: Nov 2019
£24.95 €34.95 $40.00

Pages: 208


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In response to the contemporary crisis of democracy as a way of life, in particular, the anxieties of inclusion, this important new book explores the contemporary significance of American philosophy (the pragmatism and American transcendentalism of Emerson and Thoreau) and tries to present new ways of cultivating political emotions and political citizens. To take up this philosophical-political-educational task, the book introduces Cavell’s idea of philosophy as translation a broader sense of translation as being internal to the nature of language, and hence to the condition of human being as linguistic being and, hence, as political being. Translation is a lens through which to enhance the possibilities and to elucidate the shifting identities of American philosophy. Through this, a hidden tension within American philosophy, between pragmatism and transcendentalism, is exposed. Ultimately, the book presents a vision of an alternative political education for human transformation and perfectionist cosmopolitan education.

Part I: Introduction: The crisis of democracy as a way of life / 1. The crisis of democracy as a way of life revisited / Part II: American philosophy in translation / 2. The new dawning of American philosophy / 3. Pragmatism and the tragic sense of life: Reclaiming the philosophy of affirmation and chance / 4. American philosophy in translation / Part III: Philosophy as translation: Translation from pragmatism to Cavell / 5. Stanley Cavell and philosophy as translation / 6. Skepticism and translation: Living with the anxieties of inclusion / 7. The feminine voice in philosophy / Part IV: Changing politics, challenging inclusion: Political education for human transformation / 8. Changing politics, challenging inclusion / 9. Political education for human transformation / Bibliography / Index

Naoko Saito is Associate Professor of Education at Kyoto University, Japan. Her publications include The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson (2005).

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