The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand

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Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in New York .

Written in English

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Subjects:

  • Social conditions,
  • American National characteristics,
  • Intellectuals,
  • Intellectual life,
  • Metaphysics,
  • History

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 499-520) and index.

Book details

StatementLouis Menand
Classifications
LC ClassificationsE169.1 .M546 2001
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 546 p. :
Number of Pages546
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24748209M
ISBN 100374199639
LC Control Number00066279

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