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The Philosophy Scare: The Politics of Reason in the Early Cold War

John McCumber


This book argues that the domestic tumult of the early Cold War favored a “new and improved” philosophical paradigm for America, better adapted to the times than other approaches. Comprised of heterogeneous elements that mainly shared a mathematical veneer and their adaptability to Cold War political pressures, this “Cold War philosophy” valorized concepts of scientific objectivity and practices of market freedom, while prudently downplaying the anti-theistic implications of modern thought. Enforced by “sticks” from outside the university, encouraged by “carrots” proffered from within, and imp ... More

Keywords: philosophy, Cold War, McCarthyism, UCLA

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226396385
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226396415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John McCumber, author
University of California, Los Angeles