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Walker Percy, Philosopher

Editors: Marsh, Leslie (Ed.)

  • Focuses on Walker Percy as a philosopher, rather than as a novelist
    Explicates the Percy's philosophical ideas
    Explores key aspects of Percy's ideas, as well as his lesser lesser known philosophical interests

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About this book

Though Walker Percy is best known as a novelist, he was first and foremost a philosopher. This collection offers a sustained examination of key aspects to his more technical philosophy (primarily semiotics and the philosophy of language) as well as some of his lesser known philosophical interests, including the philosophy of place and dislocation. Contributors expound upon Percy’s multifaceted philosophy, an invitation to literature and theology scholars as well as to philosophers who may not be familiar with the philosophical underpinnings of his work.

About the authors

Leslie Marsh is with the International Academy of Pathology based at The University of British Columbia Medical School, Canada. He is the co-founder of the philosophy journal EPISTEME, Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism and is the editor of books on Adam Smith, Herbert Simon, Friedrich Hayek, and Michael Oakeshott. 

Reviews

“For Walker Percy, philosophy and fiction were both tools for diagnosing the human condition, just as his medical training had taught him about the tools for diagnosing the human body. His aim was nothing less than trying to understand how we fit into the cosmos.  This collection of essays is a fascinating and worthy exploration of how philosophy informed his novels and the religious and existential quest that he called ‘the search.’ I can imagine him reading this book, with his wry smile and lightly worn grace, nodding appreciatively.” (Walter Isaacson, Professor of History, Tulane University, USA,  and biographer of Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Philosopher of Precision and Soul

    Marsh, Leslie

    Pages 1-20

  • Percy, Peirce, and Parsifal: Intuition’s Farther Shore

    Utz, Stephen

    Pages 21-40

  • Walker Percy, Phenomenology, and the Mystery of Language

    Culbertson, Carolyn

    Pages 41-61

  • That Mystery Category “Fourthness” and Its Relationship to the Work of C. S. Peirce

    Ake, Stacey E.

    Pages 63-87

  • Diamonds in the Rough: The Peirce-Percy Semiotic in The Second Coming

    Perkins, Karey

    Pages 89-113

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77968-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77967-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Walker Percy, Philosopher
Editors
  • Leslie Marsh
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77968-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77968-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77967-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 280
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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