Time in the Ditch - American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era

In Time in the Ditch, John McCumber explores the effect of McCarthyism on American philosophy in the 1940s and 1950s. The possibility that the political pressures of the McCarthy era might have skewed the development of the discipline has rarely been addressed in the subsequent half century. Why was silence maintained for so long? And what happens, McCumber asks, when political events and pressures go beyond interfering with individual careers to influence the nature of a discipline itself?

"Everyone admits in the abstract that behavior affects belief. Shameful conduct requires rationalizations, which broaden out. But people squirm when this truth is applied to particular (and especially to controversial) episodes. This book will, rightly, cause a lot of squirming." --Garry Wills