The Philosophy of William James: An Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, 2005 - History - 246 pages
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This is an accessible introduction to the full range of the philosophy of William James. It portrays that philosophy as containing a deep division between a Promethean type of pragmatism and a passive mysticism. The pragmatist James conceives of truth and meaning as a means to control nature and make it do our bidding. The mystic James eschews the use of concepts in order to penetrate to the inner conscious core of all being, including nature at large. Richard Gale attempts to harmonize these pragmatic and mystical perspectives.
  

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Contents

The Self
159
The IThou Quest for Intimacy and Religious
178
1o The Humpty Dumpty Intuition and Backyard Mysticism
200
An Attempt at a One World Interpretation of James
221
Bibliography of Works Cited
237
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Richard M. Gale is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.