Preview: Edward Mooney’s Lost Intimacy in American Thought

We’ve just learned that Continuum has made available a preview of Edward Mooney’s new book, Lost Intimacy in American Thought, on their website. To access the preview, visit the publisher’s webpage for the book by clicking here.

And here, once again, is the press’ description of Mooney’s new study, which sounds lovely:

Lost Intimacy in American Thought casts new light on a strand of American philosophical writing that includes Thoreau, Bugbee, and Cavell. Against the strictures of an overly professionalized philosophy, these writers seek to regain intimacy with place, others, and oneself. Accordingly, they embrace literature and autobiography to convey the strands of loss and restoration, grief and gratitude, that weave in and out of their writing.

The effort to retrieve a recuperative place gives a somewhat religious cast to their work – and to the writings of others who appear in this book: Henry James, J. Glenn Gray, and Bruce Wilshire. The restorative efforts of these writers mark a generosity of spirit that opens toward lyrical discernments of wonder and worth. Such saving poetic perceptions soften oppositions between self and other, secular and sacred, seeing and beholding, rational and irrational.

This book will spark interest in all who are ready to recover  the sort of American tradition that Cavell has sought to retrieve and rejuvenate; the tradition, as Mooney puts it, of ‘American Intimates’.

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