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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 3, Chapter 9 The Metaphysical Club, Section 1 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 3, Chapter 9 The Metaphysical Club, Section 1 Summary

Charles Peirce wrote about the Metaphysical Club approximately thirty-five years after it was to have taken place. Oliver Wendell Holmes, William James and Peirce, along with several of their friends, started the club.

James and Peirce had become friends while both were attending the Lawrence Scientific School. James never truly understood all of what Peirce or his father would discuss, but he did understand some things.

Holmes and James became best friends after the war. Holmes was a talker like his father and swept the women off their feet. James was always a little behind in thinking and women.

The Metaphysical Club was destined to be short lived, especially when Holmes and other members started getting married.

Part 3, Chapter 9 The Metaphysical Club, Section 1 Analysis

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