Pragmatism

Pragmatism

Book - 1975
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"It is absolutely the only philosophy with no humbug in it," an exhilarated William James wrote to a friend early in 1907. And later that year, after finishing the proofs of his "little book," he wrote to his brother Henry: "I shouldn't be surprised if ten years hence it should be rated as 'epoch-making,' for of the definitive triumph of that general way of thinking I can entertain no doubt whatever-I believe it to be something quite like the protestant reformation."

Both the acclaim and outcry that greeted Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking helped to affirm James's conviction. For it was in Pragmatism that he confronted older philosophic methods with the "pragmatic" method, demanding that ideas be tested by their relation to life and their effects in experience. James's reasoning and conclusions in Pragmatism have exerted a profound influence on philosophy in this century, and the book remains a landmark.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1975.
ISBN: 9780674697355
0674697359
Branch Call Number: 144. 3 JAM
Characteristics: xxxviii, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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unbalancedbutfair Sep 07, 2012

This is a transcript of the lectures he gave about the philosophical position of pragmatism. This is a stance that is... uncomfortable. On the one hand he makes some great points that make philosophy exactly what it should be which is useful. On the other hand it flirts with post modernism (or completely subjective conception of Truth). But perhaps it straddles that line well. Perhaps he is closer to the answers than either of the two sides. The lectures very much deal with that overlap between personal truth and objective truth. Between subtle differences in definitions that make a world of difference. The last lecture especially ties some very important ideas together. I read this book a chapter at a time after working out. It was good to exercise the mind after the body. If you are looking for answers, this short read is probably worth your time.

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