Genius--in Their Own Words: The Intellectual Journeys of Seven Great 20th-century Thinkers

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Open Court Publishing, 2002 - Philosophy - 366 pages
The violent cataclysms and ideological upheavals of the last 100 years are uniquely captured in this compelling mosaic of personal testimonies from outstanding thinkers: these autobiographical accounts by seven of the most profound and influential minds of recent history are individual voices, highly contrasted in manner and message. Taken together, they give us a remarkable perspective on the ruling ideas of our epoch.

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Bertrand Russell
Albert Einstein
Martin Buber
that meaning which is latent in the being
JeanPaul Sartre
A J Ayer
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Art critic and philosopher Arthur C. Danto was born in 1924. He received a B.A. from Wayne State University in 1948 and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, in 1949 and 1952, respectively. He began teaching at Columbia University in 1951 and has been a professor since 1966. He has received many fellowships and grants including two Guggenheims, ACLS, and Fulbright, and has served as Vice-President and President of the American Philosophical Association, as well as President of the American Society for Aesthetics. His book Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, a collection of art criticism, won the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Prize for Criticism. He is also the art critic for The Nation and an editor for the Journal of Philosophy.

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