Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2003 - Philosophy - 160 pages
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The word pragmatism is used everywhere today, from business to sports to politics. Although the word hadn't yet entered everyday language when William James published Pragmatism in 1907, the philosopher believed its doctrine had virtually become common sense in twentieth-century America. For James, pragmatism was a specific philosophical alternative to essentialism and foundationalism and argued that ideas are meaningful only insofar as they have practical consequences in concrete human experience; however today pragmatism has come to denote merely a general willingness to compromise principles, even to the point of selfishness or irresponsibility. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Pragmatism is a valuable corrective to modern uses of the word, since the voice that speaks in its pages embodies precisely the opposite values from the pejorative senses the word has acquired.
  

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Contents

WHAT PRAGMATISM MEANS
19
SOME METAPHYSICAL PROBLEMS
37
THE ONE AND THE MANY
55
PRAGMATISM AND COMMON SENSE
72
PRAGMATISMS CONCEPTION OF TRUTH
86
PRAGMATISM AND HUMANISM
105
PRAGMATISM AND RELIGION
120
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WILLIAM JAMES was a prolific photojournalist who took more than 10,000 images of Toronto during the early twentieth century.

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