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This thread is a "spoiler thread" and is a bibliography thread which identifies many of the books which were referenced or used as primary documents during the writing of The Metaphysical Club.

Additionally, we are using the same bibliography during the discussion on the book On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present by Alan Ryan

Please feel free to add properly cited books (book covers, author's photo, and author's links). Add a review or a few words why this book is important to the subject matter, etc.; but remember there is no self promotion, etc.

Any self promotion links or posts are removed.

The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand by Louis Menand Louis Menand

On Politics A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present by Alan James Ryan by Alan James Ryan (no photo)


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Preface:

1. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes - The Shaping Years

http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu...

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: The Shaping Years, 1841-1870

(no image) Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes by Mark DeWolfe Howe (no photo)

Synopsis:

Mark DeWolfe Howe had intended to write a multi-volume biography of Justice Holmes from his birth in 1841 to his eventual death in 1935. Unfortunately, Howe died unexpectedly at a relatively young age and only succeeded in completing two volumes. This volume, the first, covers Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s early years as the famous son of a famous father, his service in the Civil War following his attendance at Harvard, and his time in private practice after the war. All this would lay the groundwork for his eventual ascension to associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. It is an excellent work for young lawyers, people of a historical bent, or simply those who want to learn something about the Yankee From Olympus
---Review by Robert Bolton on goodreads


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2. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: The Proving Years, 1870 - 1882

Unfortunately the book is not in goodreads.

Synopsis:

This is the review in the Maine Law Review.

Review:http://mainelaw.maine.edu/academics/m...


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3. Honorable Justice: The Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes

(no image) Honorable Justice: The Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes by Sheldon M. Novick Sheldon M. Novick

Synopsis:

Generations of law students have been raised on his inspiring dissents. His book, THE COMMON LAW, still in print after 100 years, dominates the history of legal thought in America. He is still one of the best known justices of the Supreme Court...yet until now there has been no biography of Oliver Wendall Holmes.
Born into mid-19th century Boston society, Holmes grew up knowing everyone. As a young man, he fought in the Civil War and was seriously wounded. He recovered and returned from the war to practice law and teach at Harvard Law School before his appointment to the bench.

Holmes was always contrary. In the hysteria surrounding WW I, he stood firm for free speech. Later, bucking the tide of public opinion, he refused to uphold the voting of Southern blacks


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4. The Justice from Beacon Hill: The Life and Times of Oliver Wendell Holmes

(no image) The Justice from Beacon Hill: The Life and Times of Oliver Wendell Holmes by Liva Baker (no photo)

Synopsis:

Baker (Miranda, 1983, etc.) presents a highly readable, scholarly biography of the distinguished and enigmatic jurist.

Holmes's life prior to his elevation to the Supreme Court in 1902 was largely an insular and intellectual one, occupied with the arcana of legal scholarship and devoid of events of great drama (with the important exception of the Civil War, in which Holmes received wounds at Ball's Bluff, Antietam, and Chancellorsville).

Nonetheless, Baker demonstrates that Holmes made enduring contributions to American legal thought during this period, first as a Harvard professor and author of the classic The Common Law, and later as a Massachusetts judge.

Baker shows how the horrors of the Civil War shaped Holmes's pessimistic, skeptical, and highly rationalistic view of human nature, how his background as heir to the intellectual and cultural legacy of Puritanism made him an autocrat who "didn't believe much in rights,'' and how his vast legal scholarship did not prevent him from rejecting hoary common- law rules.

The author discusses Holmes's great (and infamous) opinions for the Supreme Court with intelligence and objectivity- -Giles v. Davis, in which Holmes upheld Alabama restrictions on the voting rights of black Americans; his free-speech dissents, which, although articulating the basis of modern free-speech jurisprudence, Holmes privately dismissed as upholding the "right of a donkey to talk drool''; his notorious decision in Buck v. Bell, in which he upheld the sterilization of an allegedly feeble- minded woman with the declaration that "three generations of imbeciles are enough.''

Although some of Holmes's decisions shock modern sensibilities, Baker rightly finds value in his careful and intellectually honest judicial restraint, even regarding legislation he disliked.

A fine, thoughtful biography of one of American legal history's most formidable intellects. -- Review by Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Book Discussion on C-Span:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Beac

The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


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5. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Law and the Inner Self by G. Edward White by G. Edward White (no photo)

Synopsis:

By any measure, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., led a full and remarkable life. He was tall and exceptionally attractive, especially as he aged, with piercing eyes, a shock of white hair, and prominent moustache.

He was the son of a famous father (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., renowned for "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table", a thrice-wounded veteran of the Civil War, a Harvard-educated member of Brahmin Boston, the acquaintance of Longfellow, Lowell, and Emerson, and for a time a close friend of William James.

He wrote one of the classic works of American legal scholarship, The CommonLaw, and he served with distinction on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was actively involved in the Court's work into his nineties.

In Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, G. Edward White, the acclaimed biographer of Earl Warren and one of America's most esteemed legal scholars, provides a rounded portrait of this remarkable jurist. We see Holmes's early life in Boston and at Harvard, his ambivalent relationship with his father, and his harrowing service during the Civil War (he was wounded three times, twice nearly fatally, shot in the chest in his first action, and later shot through the neck at Antietam).

White examines Holmes's curious, childless marriage (his diary for 1872 noted on June 17th that he had married Fanny Bowditch Dixwell, and the next sentence indicated that he had become the sole editor of the American Law Review) and he includes new information on Holmes's relationship with Clare Castletown.

White not only provides a vivid portrait of Holmes's life, but examines in depth the inner life and thought of this preeminent legal figure.

There is a full chapter devoted to The Common Law, for instance, and throughout the book, there is astute commentary on Holmes's legal writings.

Indeed, White reveals that some of the themes that have dominated 20th-century American jurisprudence--including protection for free speech and the belief that "judges make the law"--originated in Holmes's work. Perhaps most important, White suggests that understanding Holmes's life is crucial to understanding his work, and he continually stresses the connections between Holmes's legal career and his personal life. For instance, his desire to distinguish himself from his father and from the "soft" literary culture of his father's generation drove him to legal scholarship of a particularly demanding kind.

White's biography of Earl Warren was hailed by Anthony Lewis on the cover of The New York Times Book Review as "serious and fascinating," and The Los Angeles Times noted that "White has gone beyond the labels and given us the man."

In Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, White has produced an equally serious and fascinating biography, one that again goes beyond the labels and gives us the man himself.

The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Autocrat of the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.


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Bryan suggested the following book: (thank you Bryan)

A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America

A Government Out of Sight The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America by Brian Balogh Brian Balogh (no photo)


Synopsis:

While it is obvious that America's state and local governments were consistently active during the nineteenth century, a period dominated by laissez-faire, political historians of twentieth-century America have assumed that the national government did very little during this period. A Government Out of Sight challenges this premise, chronicling the ways in which the national government intervened powerfully in the lives of nineteenth-century Americans through the law, subsidies, and the use of third parties (including state and local governments), while avoiding bureaucracy. Americans have always turned to the national government - especially for economic development and expansion - and in the nineteenth century even those who argued for a small, nonintrusive central government demanded that the national government expand its authority to meet the nation's challenges. In revising our understanding of the ways in which Americans turned to the national government throughout this period, this study fundamentally alters our perspective on American political development in the twentieth century, shedding light on contemporary debates between progressives and conservatives about the proper size of government and government programs and subsidies that even today remain "out of sight."


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Interesting review of another book:

http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/i20/Un...

Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science

Louis Agassiz Creator of American Science by Christoph Irmscher by Christoph Irmscher

Synopsis:

Charismatic and controversial, Louis Agassiz is our least known revolutionary—some fifty years after American independence, he became a founding father of American science.

One hundred and seventy-five years ago, a Swiss immigrant took America by storm, launching American science as we know it. The irrepressible Louis Agassiz, legendary at a young age for his work on mountain glaciers, focused his prodigious energies on the fauna of the New World. Invited to deliver a series of lectures in Boston, he never left, becoming the most famous scientist of his time. A pioneer in field research and an obsessive collector, Agassiz enlisted the American public in a vast campaign to send him natural specimens, dead or alive, for his ingeniously conceived museum of comparative zoology. As an educator of enduring impact, he trained a generation of American scientists and science teachers, men and women alike. Irmscher sheds new light on Agassiz’s fascinating partnership with his brilliant wife, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, a science writer in her own right who would go on to become the first president of Radcliffe College.

But there’s a dark side to the story. Irmscher adds unflinching evidence of Agassiz’s racist impulses and shows how avidly Americans looked to men of science to mediate race policy. The book’s potent, original scenes include the pitched battle between Agassiz and his student Henry James Clark as well as the merciless, often amusing exchanges between Darwin and Harvard botanist Asa Gray over Agassiz’s stubborn resistance to evolution.

A fascinating life story, both inspiring and cautionary, for anyone interested in the history of American ideas.


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Preface - On James

The Thought and Character of William James by Ralph Barton Perry by Ralph Barton Perry Ralph Barton Perry

William James by Gay Wilson Allen by Gay Wilson Allen (no photo)

Henry James The Untried Years 1843-1870 by Leon Edel Henry James The Middle Years 1882-1895 by Leon Edel Henry James The Middle Years 1882-1895 by Leon Edel Henry James The Master 1901-1916 by Leon Edel by Leon Edel (no photo)

Alice James A Biography by Jean Strouse by Jean Strouse (no photo)

Becoming William James by Howard M. Feinstein by Howard M. Feinstein (no photo)

William James His Life and Thought by Gerald Eugene Myers by Gerald Eugene Myers (no photo)

(no image) Biography of Broken Fortunes: Wilkie and Bob, Brothers of William, Henry, and Alice James by Jane Maher (no photo)

The Jameses A Family Narrative by R.W.B. Lewis by R.W.B. Lewis (no photo)

The Father Life Henry James S by Alfred Habegger by Alfred Habegger (no photo)

Genuine Reality A Life of William James by Linda Simon by Linda Simon Linda Simon


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Preface - On Peirce

(no image) Peirce, Semeiotic and Pragmatism by Max Harold Fisch (no photo)

Charles Sanders Peirce A Life (Revised and Enlarged Edition) by Joseph Brent by Joseph Brent (no photo)

His Glassy Essence An Autobiography Of Charles Sanders Peirce by Charles Sanders Peirce Writings of Charles S. Peirce A Chronological Edition, Volume 1 1857-1866 by Charles Sanders Peirce by Charles Sanders Peirce Charles S. Peirce


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Preface - On Dewey

(no image) The Life and Mind of John Dewey by George Dykhuizen (no photo)

(no image) Young John Dewey: An Essay in American Intellectual History by Neil Coughlan (no photo)

John Dewey Religious Faith and Democratic Humanism by Steven C. Rockfeller by Steven C. Rockfeller (no photo)

John Dewey and American Democracy by Robert B. Westbrook by Robert B. Westbrook (no photo)

John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism by Alan Ryan by Alan James Ryan (no photo)


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Preface - On Intellectual History

(no image) Evolution And The Founders Of Pragmatism by Philip P. Wiener (no photo)

(no image) The Rise of American Philosophy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1860-1930 by Bruce Kuklick (no photo)


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Chapter Three - The Wilderness and After

The Inner Civil War Northern Intellectuals and the Crisis of the Union by George M. Fredrickson by George M. Fredrickson (no photo)

(no image) Mr. Justice Holmes by Francis Biddle (no photo)

Holmes-Pollock Letters The Correspondence of MR Justice Holmes and Sir Frederick Pollock, 1874-1932, Two Volumes in One, Second Edition by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Holmes and Frankfurter Their Correspondence, 1912 1934 by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Life and Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes V2 by John T. Morse Jr. by John T. Morse Jr. (no photo)

Main Currents in American Thought, Vol. 1 The Colonial Mind, 1620-1800 by Vernon Louis Parrington Main Currents in American Thought, Vol. 2 The Romantic Revolution in America, 1800-1860 by Vernon Louis Parrington by Vernon Louis Parrington (no photo)


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Chapter Six - Brazil

Evolution and the Diversity of Life Selected Essays by Ernst W. Mayr One Long Argument by Ernst W. Mayr by Ernst W. Mayr Ernst Mayr

The Triumph of the Darwinian Method by Michael T. Ghiselin by Michael T. Ghiselin (no photo)

Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior by Robert J. Richards by Robert J. Richards (no photo)

The Beak of the Finch A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner by Jonathan Weiner Jonathan Weiner

From Soul to Mind The Emergence of Psychology, from Erasmus Darwin to William James by Edward S. Reed by Edward S. Reed (no photo)

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Vol 1, 1821-36 by Charles Darwin by Charles Darwin Charles Darwin

Darwiniana by Asa Gray by Asa Gray (no photo)

Contributions to the Natural History of the United States of America by Louis Agassiz Journey in Brazil by Louis Agassiz by Louis Agassiz (no photo)

(no image) Brazil and Africa by Jose Rodrigues (no photo)

The Spectacle of the Races Scientists, Institutions, and the Race Question in Brazil, 1870-1930 by Lilia Moritz Schwarcz by Lilia Moritz Schwarcz (no photo)

The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams by Henry Adams Henry Adams

A Scriptural, Ecclesiastical, and Historical View of Slavery by John Henry Hopkins by John Henry Hopkins (no photo)


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Chapter Eight - The Law of Errors

The History of Statistics The Measurement of Uncertainty Before 1900 by Stephen M. Stigler by Stephen M. Stigler (no photo)

Empire of Chance How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life by Gerd Gigerenzer by Gerd Gigerenzer Gerd Gigerenzer

The Emergence of Probability A Philosophical Study of Early Ideas about Probability, Induction and Statistical Inference by Ian Hacking The Taming Of Chance (Ideas in Context) by Ian Hacking by Ian Hacking Ian Hacking

The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820-1900 by Theodore M. Porter by Theodore M. Porter (no photo)

The Values of Precision by M. Norton Wise by M. Norton Wise (no photo)

The Doctrine of Chances Or, a Method of Calculating the Probability of Events in Play by Abraham de Moivre by Abraham De Moivre (no photo)

Pierre-Simon Laplace, 1749-1827 A Life in Exact Science by Charles Coulston Gillispie by Charles Coulston Gillispie (no photo)

A History of European Thought in the Nineteenth Century by John Theodore Merz by John Theodore Merz (no photo)

The Probabilistic Revolution Ideas in the Sciences by Lorenz Kruger by Lorenz Krüger (no photo)

(no image) The teaching and history of mathematics in the United States by Florian Cajori (no photo)


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Chapter Thirteen - Pragmatisms

(no image) The Justice from Beacon Hill: The Life and Times of Oliver Wendell Holmes by Liva Baker (no photo)

The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James by William James William James

Dewey and His Critics Essays from the Journal of Philosophy by Sidney Morgenbesser by Sidney Morgenbesser (no photo)

Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior by Robert J. Richards by Robert J. Richards (no photo)

The Decline of Laissez Faire 1897-1917 by Harold U. Faulkner by Harold U. Faulkner (no photo)

The Response to Industrialism, 1885-1914 by Samuel P. Hays by Samuel P. Hays (no photo)

(no image) Chicago To-Day: Or, the Labour War in America by William Thomas Stead (no photo)

The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward by C. Vann Woodward (no photo)

Philosophical Essays by Bertrand Russell by Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell

(no image) Dialogue on John Dewey by Corliss Lamont (no photo)


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Chapter Fifteen - Freedoms

The Emergence of the American University by Laurence R. Veysey by Laurence R. Veysey (no photo)

The Future of Academic Freedom by Louis Menand by Louis Menand Louis Menand

(no image) The Rise of American Philosophy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1860-1930 by Bruce Kuklick (no photo)

Social Statics; Or, the Conditions Essential to Happiness Specified by Herbert Spencer by Herbert Spencer Herbert Spencer

Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years, 1870 1920 by David M. Rabban by David M. Rabban (no photo)

Eugene V. Debs Citizen and Socialist by Nick Salvatore by Nick Salvatore (no photo)


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Epilogue

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This is where the books will be continually added to - which were used by Alan Ryan in his Bibliography for On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present.


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