Title: Hume's Fork
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Book Condition: New
Num Pages: 258 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 236 x 163 x 23. Weight in Grams: 514. . 2007. 1st Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781890862503
Synopsis: Barely adequate philosophy professor Legare Hume has a mind-body problem. No matter how far he goes, no matter how hard he thinks, he can t escape the world he lives in. On the run from his wife Tally, Legare joins brilliant but exceptionally awkward colleague Saul Grossman to attend the American Philosophical Association's Charleston, SC conference, where worlds and walks of life collide in a strange and satirical amalgamation that can only be described as reality. Legare's mission is simple enough: put up with the conference, deliver a paper he never thought anyone would want to hear, receive the tenure he isn t sure he wants, and return, or not, to the wife who nearly killed him before he left. But his plans are hijacked by a botched hotel reservation and the all-too-convenient presence of the Southern family Legare has worked very hard all his adult life to avoid. Circumstances (namely the inconvenient death of a mentally challenged uncle) bring the whole family together: Mama and the Old Man, his backwards but well-meaning parents; too-religious Aunt Arlene and irritating Uncle Spessard; and Uncle Rembert, whose shady goings-on may force Legare to actually take action for once in his passive life. The only two family members he can tolerate are his sensible sister Willie, and her endearing son Unitas, but even relations there go south, so to speak, when the introverted Saul falls head over heels for Willie. Meanwhile, wrestlers in the guise of religious figures enact the Apocalypse; wrestlers philosophize and philosophers wrestle; Southern family and western philosophy join forces as religion and determined atheism prove not to be all that far apart. The mind-body argument is solved, then unsolved, then solved again. Dismantled theories are defended at gunpoint. Philosophical celebrities are created through competitive tic-tac-toe matches. And through it all, there's Lucian, Legare's late brother, who killed himself years ago. What does his death mean? Wh
About the Author: A South Carolina native, Ron Cooper received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University and now teaches at Central Florida Community College. He is the author of a number of philosophical essays in academic journals, such as the Journal of Speculative Philosophy and Philosophy Today, as well as the book Heidegger and Whitehead: A Phenomenological Examination into the Intelligibility of Experience (Ohio University Press). His short stories have appeared in Yalobusha Review, Timber Creek Review, Apostrophe, and The Blotter. With Hume's Fork, which is his first published novel, he was a finalist for the Bread Loaf Conference's Bakeless Literary Prize. A bluegrass enthusiast, he lives in Ocala, Florida, with his wife and three children.
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