Though Walker Percy is best known as a novelist, he was first and foremost a philosopher. This collection offers a sustained examination of key aspects to his more technical philosophy (primarily semiotics and the philosophy of language) as well as some of his lesser known philosophical interests, including the philosophy of place and dislocation. Contributors expound upon Percy's multifaceted philosophy, an invitation to literature and theology scholars as well as to philosophers who may not be familiar with the philosophical underpinnings of his work.
Leslie Marsh is with the International Academy of Pathology based at The University of British Columbia Medical School, Canada. He is the co-founder of the philosophy journal EPISTEME, Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism and is the editor of books on Adam Smith, Herbert Simon, Friedrich Hayek, and Michael Oakeshott.
Foreword Richard GundermanThe significance of Walker Percy from the perspective of a practising medical clinician and philosopher-ethicist.
1. Introducing Walker Percy: Philosopher of Precision and Soul Leslie MarshAn overview of Percy's life and work.
2. Percy, Peirce and Parsifal: Intuition's Farther Shore Stephen UtzAn examination of Percy's understanding of Peirce and Chomsky's innateness hypothesis.
3. Walker Percy, Phenomenology, and the Mystery of Language Carolyn CulbertsonAn emphasis on Heidegger and the philosophy of language.
4. That Mystery Category "Fourthness" and Its Relationship to the Work of C. S. Peirce Stacey E. AkePercy, Pierce, semiotics and phenomenology.
5. Diamonds in the Rough: The Peirce-Percy Semiotic in The Second Coming Karey PerkinsEmphasizing the Peirce-Percy semiotic in Percy's fiction.
6. Walker Percy's Intersubjectivity: An Existential Semiotic or 3 + 3 = 4 Rhonda McDonnellEmphasizing the existentialist-type semiotic in Percy's work.
7. A Hard Fact of Life: A Commentary on Percy's "Peirce and Modern Semiotic" Kenneth Laine KetnerThe doyen of Peirce-Percy studies examines a heretofore unpublished Percy MS.
8. An Attempt Toward A Natural/UnNatural History of The Lay-Scientific Interface or HowWalker Percy Got on the Way to Becoming a Radical (Anthropologist) Scott CunninghamExcavating Percy's attempt at a scientific-philosophical anthropology.
9. Percy's Poetics of Dwelling: The Dialogical Self and the Ethics of Reentry in The LastGentleman and Lost in the Cosmos Christopher YatesAn examination of Existential authenticity in one novel and in a prominent last work of non-fiction.
10. Placement, Nonplacement, Displacement: Walker Percy and the Philosophy of Place Patrick ConnellyDiscussion of situated beings and the relation to social identity and personhood.
11. Jadedness, Appreciation, and Humility: Walker Percy's Philosophical Contributions Nathan CarsonPercy on psychological jadedness and its theological-philosophical-epistemic implications.
12. Percy on the Allure of Violence and Destruction Brian A. SmithDiscussion of socio-cultural alienation in Percy's work.