The "idea about ideas" is that ideas are not things "out there" somewhere waiting to be discovered, but are instruments people invent and use, such as knives and forks and microchips, to make their way in the world. They are not produced by individuals-- they are produced by groups of individuals. They do not develop according to some inner logic of their own, but are entirely dependent-- like germs-- on their human carriers and environment. They are provisional responses to circumstances, and their survival depends not on their immutability, but on their adaptability.
The Metaphysical Club is written in this idea's spirit and is an utterly absorbing narrative of personality and social history.
- ISBN-13: 9780374528492
- ISBN-10: 0374528497
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Publish Date: April 2002
- Page Count: 576
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds