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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 1, Chapter 3 The Wilderness, Section 3 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 1, Chapter 3 The Wilderness, Section 3 Summary

Within a few weeks, Holmes had been released from his commission, and he returned home. He left for London to talk with Emerson about a career in philosophy, but so much had changed in him, after he spoke with Emerson, he knew it was not for him. He would still be a philosopher. He would not generalize but specialize. He entered Harvard Law School.

Holmes wrote a review called "Primitive Notions in Modern Law" twelve years after law school. He sent the article to Emerson to see if he liked what Holmes was saying. From that, Holmes became the Emerson of professionalism, a philosophy he called "jobbism." It was based on the premise that if one does his job correctly and with honor, no matter what the job is one should be fulfilled. He stated...

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