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OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES. A WILLING SERVANT TO AN UNKNOWN GOD
Título:
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES. A WILLING SERVANT TO AN UNKNOWN GOD
Subtítulo:
Autor:
PIERCE WELLS, C
Editorial:
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Año de edición:
2020
ISBN:
978-1-108-46930-2
Páginas:
2022
48,83 €

 

Sinopsis

Oliver Wendell Holmes was one of the most influential figures in American law. As a Supreme Court Justice, he wrote foundational opinions about such important constitutional issues as freedom of speech and the limits of state regulatory power. As a scholar and Massachusetts High Court judge, he helped to reshape the common law for the modern industrial era. And yet, despite the many accounts of his career, Holmes himself remains an enigma. This book is the first to explore the nineteenth-century New England influences so crucial to the formation of his character. Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson´s transcendentalism, Holmes belonged to a group of men who formulated a philosophy known as American pragmatism that stood as an alternative to English empiricism and German rationalism. This innovative study places Holmes within the transcendentalist, pragmatist tradition and thereby unlocks his unique identity and contribution to American law. Wells´ nuanced analysis will appeal to legal scholars, historians, philosophers, and general readers alike.

Written in clear, non-technical language
Examines Emersonian transcendentalism and its effect on Holmes
Discusses Holmes´ constitutional theories as well as his relationship with the founders of American pragmatism



Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. The Soldier´s Faith: Prologue: Memorial Day, 1884
1. Our comfortable routine
2. War is horrible and dull
3. The great chorus of life and joy begins again
4. For the Puritan still lives in New England, Thank God!
Part II. The Journey to the Pole: Commencement speech: Brown University, 1897
5. A black and frozen night
6. The loneliness of original work
7. The master of himself
Epilogue: the consummation