William James's Radical Reconstruction of Philosophy
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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Founding Level of Meaning Towards an Experiential Grounding of Both Science and Metaphysics
Interpretive Structures of Human Experience
Concrete Experience and Selective Interest
Concrete Acts of Thinking
Practical and Aesthetic Interests
Natural History Methodology and Artistic Vision
Knowing as it Exists Concretely
Overcoming the Tradition
Unexamined Empiricist Assumptions
Radical Empiricism as Concrete Alternative to Realism
Critique and Reconstruction of Rationalism
The End of Philosophy and the Beginning
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