Pragmatism and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 0140437355
ISBN-13: 9780140437355
Edition: 2000
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Description: Ranging from philosophy and psychology to religion and politics, James composed engaging formulations of American pragmatism. Pragmatism, developed from a lecture series, is included here, with a selection of his other key essays.

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Ranging from philosophy and psychology to religion and politics, James composed engaging formulations of American pragmatism. Pragmatism, developed from a lecture series, is included here, with a selection of his other key essays.

William James, oldest of five children (including Henry James and Alice James) in the extraordinary James family, was born in New York City on January 11, 1842. He has had a far-reaching influence on writers and thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Broadly educated by private tutors and through European travel, James initially studied painting. During the Civil War, however, he turned to medicine and physiology, attended Harvard medical school, and became interested in the workings of the mind. His text, The Principles of Psychology (1890), presents psychology as a science rather than a philosophy and emphasizes the connection between the mind and the body. James believed in free will and the power of the mind to affect events and determine the future. In The Will to Believe (1897) and The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902), he explores metaphysical concepts and mystical experiences. He saw truth not as absolute but as relative, depending on the given situation and the forces at work in it. He believed that the universe was not static and orderly but ever-changing and chaotic. His most important work, Pragmatism (1907), examines the practical consequences of behavior and rejects the idealist philosophy of the transcendentalists. This philosophy seems to reinforce the tenets of social Darwinism and the idea of financial success as the justification of the means in a materialistic society; nevertheless, James strove to demonstrate the practical value of ethical behavior. Overall, James's lifelong concern with what he called the "stream of thought" or "stream of consciousness" changed the way writers conceptualize characters and present the relationship between humans, society, and the natural world. He died due to heart failure on August 26, 1910.

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
Pragmatism (1907)
Preface
The Present Dilemma in Philosophy
What Pragmatism Means
Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered
The One and the Many
Pragmatism and Common Sense
Pragmatism's Conception of Truth
Pragmatism and Humanism
Pragmatism and Religion
From the Meaning of Truth (1909)
Preface
The Tigers in India
Humanism and Truth
From Psychology: Briefer Course (1892)
The Stream of Consciousness
From the Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy (1897)
Preface
The Will to Believe
Is Life Worth Living?
The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life
From Talks to Teachers on Psychology: And to Students on Some of Life's Ideals (1899)
On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings
What Makes a Life Significant
Miscellaneous Essays
Address at the Centenary of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1903)
A World of Pure Experience (1904)
Is Radical Empiricism Solipsistic? (1905)
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