The Cambridge Companion to William James / Edition 1

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William James (1842-1910) was both a philosopher and a psychologist, nowadays most closely associated with the pragmatic theory of truth. The essays in this Companion deal with the full range of his thought, including technical philosophical issues, religious speculation, moral philosophy and political controversies of his time. New readers and nonspecialists will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to James currently available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of James.
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"...a very useful collection of essays by some of the leading American and British philosophers, historians, literary critics, theologians and psychologists." L.B. McHenry, Choice

"All these essays...are lively and insightful. This is a volume which will be immensely helpful to both specialists and nonspecialists alike." Walter Ludwig, Review of Metaphysics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521459068
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/1997
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,531,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Pragmatism and iIntrospective psychology Gerald E. Myers; 2. Consciousness as a pragmatist views it Owen Flanagan; 3. John Dewey's naturalization of William James Richard M. Gale; 4. James, Clifford, and the scientific conscience David A. Hollinger; 5. Religious faith, intellectual responsibility, and romance Richard Rorty; 6. The breathtaking intimacy of the material world: William James's last thoughts Bruce Wilshire; 7. James, aboutness, and his British critics T. L. S. Sprigge; 8. Logical principles and philosophical attitudes: Peirce's response to James's pragmatism Christopher Hookway; 9. James's theory of truth Hilary Putnam; 10. The James/Royce dispute and the development of James's 'solution' James Conant; 11. William James on religious experience Richard R. Niebuhr; 12. Interpreting the universe after a social analogy: intimacy, panpsychism, a finite God in a pluralistic universe David C. Lamberth; 13. Moral philosophy and the development of morality Graham H. Bird; 14. Some of life's ideals Ruth Anna Putnam; 15. A shelter of the mind: Henry, William, and the domestic scene Jessica R. Feldman; 16. The influence of William James on American culture Ross Posnock; 17. Pragmatism, politics, and the corridor Harvey J. Cormier; 18. James and the Kantian tradition Thomas Carlson.
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