William James: Pragmatism, in Focus

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Psychology Press, 1992 - Philosophy - 251 pages
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William James was the central figure of the historical period of American philosophy - and Pragmatism was the most influential philosophical movement of the day. This volume brings together the original 1907 text of James' Pragmatism, in which James applies the theories of meaning and truth central to Pragmatism to metaphysics and religion, with a series of critical essays by prominent scholars, including G.E. Moore, Bertrand Russell and D.C. Phillips. Professor Olin's introduction reviews the articles reprinted, discusses James' response to the Russell and Pratt articles and evaluates the strength of the objections that have been advanced against James. The introduction also distinguishes between Pragmatism as a method for clarifying ideas, as a theory of truth, and as an epistemological theory. This edition of James' forceful, vigorous and humorous work will provide a useful introduction to James and to a major school of American philosophy.
 

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Contents

THE PRESENT DILEMMA
21
Most men wish both facts and religion 26 Empiricism gives facts
27
optimism of idealists 31 Pragmatism as a mediating system
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What Pragmatism Means
38
Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered
54
The problem of substance 54 The Eucharist 55 Berkeleys
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The One and the Many
71
Pragmatism and Common Sense
86
Pragmatisms Conception of Truth
99
Truth is a good like health wealth etc 108 It
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Pragmatism and Humanism
116
Pragmatism and Religion
130
MEANING AND METAPHYSICS IN JAMES
143
TRUTH AND ITS VERIFICATION
156
WILLIAM JAMESS CONCEPTION OF TRUTH
196
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Noetic pluralism 86 How our knowledge grows 87 Earlier
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York University, Toronto

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