Adventures in Philosophy at Notre Dame


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University of Notre Dame Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Kenneth M. Sayre is professor of philosophy and director of the Philosophic Institute at the University of Notre Dame.


"Ken Sayre's Adventures in Philosophy at Notre Dame, a narrative history of nearly eighty years, divides the decades into three distinct periods: textbook Thomism, pluralism, and professionalism. Sayre, who came to Notre Dame in 1958 with a PhD. from Harvard, has witnessed them all."--NDWorks
"This detailed account offers an inside view of Notre Dame's Department of Philosophy and the challenges, difficulties and tensions that accompanied its development into one of the most distinguished philosophy departments in the world today. The author, who has been on the Notre Dame faculty for more than 50 years, focuses on the people of the department, describing their relationships and personalities, and how their ambitions affected department affairs overall."--Notre Dame Magazine
"Kenneth Sayre's book addresses students who are undertaking the serious study of Plato for the first time . . . . Sayre promises students a method for engaging with the dialogues as actively as the actual participants are engaged, and he promises scholars a much needed account of the significance of the dramatic and literary form of the dialogues."--Ancient Philosophy
"Kenneth Sayre tells the story of the transition of the philosophy department at Notre Dame with a keen eye for how these transitions illumine transitions in the developments in philosophy, broadly speaking. I think the great achievement of this book is not only its well-crafted history of the Notre Dame philosophy department, but its reminder to us that philosophers are human beings. By bringing to life the extraordinary people who have been associated with the Notre Dame philosophy department, Sayre has written a book that is deeply humane and uplifting."--Stanley Hauerwas
"Kenneth Sayre has a splendid cast of characters and stories. In recounting the history of a single department over the last seventy years, he also tells the story of the development of academic philosophy. Along the way he shows how the notion that a university should be run as a business gradually took hold and transformed, not only his university, but U.S. academic culture."--Patricia Curd
"This is a valuable account of the transition of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame from one in the 1930s when it served the founding purpose of the university to its heterogenous present."--The Catholic Historical Review