American philosophy as a technototem

Philosophical Studies 108 (1-2):195 - 201 (2002)
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John McCumber's Time in the Ditch: American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era provides a compelling account of a repressed part of philosophy's history and its tragic consequences for subsequent decades of philosophic practice in the U.S. Political values and interests originating in McCarthyism got encoded within abstract conceptual frameworks, propelling analytic philosophy to an undeserved position of authority while depriving it of critical self-understanding. This comment identifies residues of McCarthyism still playing out in the Science Wars, and the career of critical philosophic projects in both other disciplines and philosophy's feminist and multicultural fringes.



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