Pragmatism and Other Writings

William James Giles B. Gunn


Pragmatism and Other Writings

Pragmatism and Other Writings

  • Title: Pragmatism and Other Writings
  • Author: William James Giles B. Gunn
  • ISBN: 9780140437355
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback



The writings of William James represent one of America s most original contributions to the history of ideas Ranging from philosophy and psychology to religion and politics, James composed the most engaging formulation of American pragmatism Pragmatism grew out of a set of lectures and the full text is included here along with The Meaning of Truth , Psychology , TheThe writings of William James represent one of America s most original contributions to the history of ideas Ranging from philosophy and psychology to religion and politics, James composed the most engaging formulation of American pragmatism Pragmatism grew out of a set of lectures and the full text is included here along with The Meaning of Truth , Psychology , The Will to Believe , and Talks to Teachers on Psychology.


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One of my favorite philosophical texts. James is an eye opening read to many who feel dissatisfied with philosophy or that most ideas of the world are too extreme, in either direction. However, James' philosophy of Pragmatism is not "settling" for the average or picking the exact middleground. Pragmatism encourages what works. If an idea fits into what we experience, it is valuable. By the same token, it is a good idea to look at what the consequences would be if a particular idea or philosophy [...]

James' method of explicating his ideas takes some time to get off the ground and running. But when he does, it's really damn good. Pragmatism is a wonderful metaphysics, and he's writing at such an interesting time in the development of human thought. When you read Nietzsche you think the seeds of postmodernism began with him, but it may be more developed with James' philosophy. Pragmatism, for James, embraces both science and religion as means towards the improvement and progress of the process [...]

William James is one of my favorites. A long while ago, The Varieties Of Religious Experience made a pretty big impression on me. This guy has left its mark as well.What I like about William James is as much style as anything else almost all of his good stuff is written lectures, so there's an oratorical flair about it. At the same time, though, _Pragmatism_ (the first set of lectures here) and _Varieties_ both have a good literary arc to them, they're whole works. Given that, I wonder how his a [...]

Pragmatism, it appears, tries to answer a question that hasn't been asked. Henry James wants to bridge the gap between materialism and idealism, or maybe between rationalism and empiricim. But both sides of those issues are clearly drawn; I saw no need to introduce any bridging concept, and even at that time, James's proposal was anachronistic. Here, too, one finds James's curious theory of truth: that truth is what works for the immediate purpose. This has a limited application in the field of [...]

An attempt to build a theology based on the theory that God is not intimately involved in creation after the fact. His arguments hinge on the ASSUMPTION that God is not involved in our daily lives and therefore proceeds to develope ideas of what morale should look like and whether the concept of morality exists. He theorizes that morale comes from the idea that humans are in mutual agreement not to hurt one another and that becomes the standard. There are of course other theologies derived in th [...]

The original philosophy of Pragmatism says that the meaning of words is largely a matter of agreement between speaker and listener (or in many cases, disagreement), and not inherent in words themselves. This has nothing to do with the current usage, in which pragmatic is taken to mean practical. The change in meaning of the word "Pragmatic" is a good example of the theory.Dashiell Hammett used the ideas of the Pragmatists, including James and Charles Sanders Peirce, in writing The Maltese Falcon [...]

Truly enjoyable read. I particularly appreciate the pragmatist refusal to participate in metaphysical discussions. It was particularly useful to have James to finish while on a meditation retreat. His generosity of thought is appreciable allowing us to witness the caring for of a humanism that hasn't said its last word yet. For those of a religious bend you will no doubt find James the most sympathetic among the pragmatists as he examines the will to believe in this collection, leaving a large s [...]

There's something dangerous about rereading too many times a philosopher one agrees with, but I constantly find I need to have his argument refreshed for me so I can go about my day with some sanity. James' test for truth and meaning, basically that the one applies to what is worth your believing and the other is what effects your understanding, are so shockingly sane as to almost warrant banishing him from the annals of philosophy. Couldn't recommend him enough.

I had never read philosophy before: While some of the essays included are great to think about and interesting to go through, I found some unfitting with the rest of the book in that they were extremely boring (or perhaps just extremely advanced and abstract). Especially the last essay, don't think I got anything from it! Pragmatism though, makes complete sense and is an awesome world view.

It's easy to see how this would be so readily adopted by Dewey and other reformers, since Truth is really just a conveyance to an end. I'm not quite as critical as that might seem. James is convincing in his argument that the other philosophers rely too much on abstraction and logic, when much of that rationality becomes too unwieldy for use.

This book should be the basis of everything human. Required reading for every high school student. Oh yeah, it shows us where existentialism led to if your into the history of philosophy or something.

There are some Sunday afernoons when all I want to do is curl up on the couch with this book and pull apart James' logic.

We all need a philosophy to live by and pragmatism, not uniquely American, but certainly sharpened to it's highest degree on these shores, is a good place to start.

I like this dude better than his brother

great philosophy. very convincing

James elucidates his conception of meaning as possibility-of-use-value in clear, amicable language that uninitiated readers can appreciate.

I think I've read this at least three times, but this time through I was particularly interested in James' epistemology of religion. Turns out, I was surprised at James' rationalistic fideism.

When James's arguments are seriously considered they will likely have an effect on one's worldview. The effect might be big for some and small for others, but there will likely be an effect.

it just works


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