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The Metaphysical Club

The Metaphysical Club as a Bildungsroman

The following is a guest post from Bryan McAllister-Grande, a third year PhD student at Harvard University studying the general education movement in the 1930s and ’40s in relation to ideas about liberalism.Does Louis Menand’s The Metaphysical Club have more at stake than historians have usually recognized? Is it a version, not of intellectual history, but of a bildungsroman? I realize that the question, at first, sounds a bit strange. How could a work of history or non-fiction be simultaneously part of a literary genre? Yet, Menand’s subtitle may be revealing: The Metaphysical Club is not a history of Read more