Essays in Radical Empiricism

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U of Nebraska Press, 1912 - Philosophy - 282 pages
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Essays in Radical Empiricism shows William James concerned with ultimate reality and moving toward a metaphysical system. The twelve essays originally appeared in journals between 1904 and 1906. James himself collected them to illustrate what he called "radical empiricism, " but this volume was not published until 1912, two years after his death. Included are such seminal essays as "Does Consciousness Exist?" and "A World of Pure Experience." The distinguished scholar and biographer Ralph Barton Perry, who edited this volume, called the essays essential to an understanding of James's writings. Radical empiricism takes us into a "world of pure experience." In the essays, as introducer Ellen Kappy Suckiel notes, "James inquires into the metaphysically basic reality underlying the common-sense objects of our world. It is here that he defends his view that 'experience' is the sole and ultimate reality." The essays deal with the applications of this "pure" or "neutral" experience: the general problem of relations, the role of feeling in experience, the nature of truth. Horace M. Kallen observed: "The fundamental point of these essays is that the relations between things, holding them together or separating them, are at least as real as the things themselves . . . and that no hidden substrata are necessary to account for the clashes and coherences of the world." Ellen Kappy Suckiel, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is the author of The Pragmatic Philosophy of William James and Pragmatism and Religious Belief: A Study of the Philosophy of William James.
  

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User Review  - Vladimir - Goodreads

Somewhat more difficult to read than Pragmatism or Principles of Psychology. (Note to publishers: do not hesitate to translate all the Latin and German quotes.) Most of what he talks about here has ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marcus Lira - Goodreads

I like the first chapter quite a lot, in which he presents consciousness as a function, and not as an entity. Read full review

Contents

DOES CONSCIOUSNESS EXIST?
1
A WORLD OF PURE EXPERIENCE
39
THE THING AND ITS RELATIONS 92
51
How Two MINDS CAN KNOW ONE THING 123
76
THE PLACE OF AFFECTIONAL FACTS IN A WORLD OF PURE EXPERIENCE
137
THE EXPERIENCE OF ACTIVITY
155
THE ESSENCE OF HUMANISM
190
LA NOTION DE CONSCIENCE
206
Is RADICAL EMPIRICISM SOLIPSISTIC?
234
MR PITKINS REFUTATION OF RADICAL EMPIRI CISM
241
HUMANISM AND TRUTH ONCE MORE
244
XH ABSOLUTISM AND EMPIRICISM
266
INDEX 881
281
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Ellen Kappy Suckiel, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is the author of The Pragmatic Philosophy of William James and Pragmatism and Religious Belief: A Study of the Philosophy of William James.

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