William James's Radical Reconstruction of Philosophy

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SUNY Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 433 pages
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Seigfried (philosophy, Purdue U.) reconceptualizes James's writings and methodologies, providing a fresh approach to many of the recalcitrant problems raised over the years in the secondary literature, the longest controversy being over his theory of truth. This work is organized into five sections on overcoming nihilism and skepticism, interpretive structures of human experience, hermeneutic methods, knowledge and truth, and overcoming the tradition. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

Beginnings
21
Founding Level of Meaning Towards an Experiential Grounding of Both Science and Metaphysics
51
Interpretive Structures of Human Experience
73
Concrete Experience and Selective Interest
75
Concrete Acts of Thinking
99
Practical and Aesthetic Interests
117
Natural History Methodology and Artistic Vision
139
Hermeneutic Methods
171
Knowing as it Exists Concretely
263
Truth
289
Overcoming the Tradition
315
Why Metaphysics?
317
Unexamined Empiricist Assumptions
333
Radical Empiricism as Concrete Alternative to Realism
351
Critique and Reconstruction of Rationalism
373
The End of Philosophy and the Beginning
391

Interpretive Theory and Praxis
173
Analogy and Metaphor
209
The Scope of Pragmatism
237
Knowledge and Truth
261
Notes
397
Index
421
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Charlene Haddock Seigfried is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. She has also written Chaos and Context: A Study in William James.

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