Essays in Radical Empiricism

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Essays in Radical Empiricism shows William James concerned with ultimate reality and moving toward a metaphysical system. The twelve essays originally appeared in journals between 1904 and 1906. James himself collected them to illustrate what he called "radical empiricism," but this volume was not published until 1912, two years after his death. Included are such seminal essays as "Does Consciousness Exist?" and "A World of Pure Experience." The distinguished scholar and biographer Ralph Barton Perry, who edited ...
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Overview

Essays in Radical Empiricism shows William James concerned with ultimate reality and moving toward a metaphysical system. The twelve essays originally appeared in journals between 1904 and 1906. James himself collected them to illustrate what he called "radical empiricism," but this volume was not published until 1912, two years after his death. Included are such seminal essays as "Does Consciousness Exist?" and "A World of Pure Experience." The distinguished scholar and biographer Ralph Barton Perry, who edited this volume, called the essays essential to an understanding of James writings. Radical empiricism takes us into a "world of pure experience." In the essays as introducer Ellen Kappy Suckiel notes, "James inquires into the metaphysically basic reality underlying the common-sense objects of our world. It is here that he defends his view that 'experience' is the sole and ultimate reality." The essays deal with the applications of this "pure" or "neutral" experience the general problem of relations, the role of feeling in experience, the nature of truth.
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Though not technically out of print, both of these titles are only available in hardcover editions selling for well over $100 apiece. These thrifty paperbacks make them much more accessible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781171829386
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Fredson Bowers is Linden Kent Professor of English, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia.

Ignas K. Skrupskelis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Editor's Preface
I Does 'Consciousness' Exist? 1
II A World of Pure Experience 39
III The Thing and its Relations 92
IV How Two Minds Can Know One Thing 123
V The Place of Affectional Facts in a World of Pure Experience 137
VI The Experience of Activity 155
VII The Essence of Humanism 190
VIII La Notion de Conscience 206
IX Is Radical Empiricism Solipsistic? 234
X Mr. Pitkin's Reputation of 'Radical Empiricism' 241
XI Humanism and Truth Once More 244
XII Absolutism and Empiricism 266
Index 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2002

    James' wonderful classic in a horrible edition

    Combined with his Principles of Psychology, James' Essays in Radical Empiricism offers helpful insights into the his pragmatic conceptions of non-realism and truth. One cannot understand James' conceptions of reality or truth without understanding his radical empiricism, and for this reason, this book is indispensable. Unfortunately, the publisher has bound James' classic into a book with a distractingly large font and huge margins, which make for an average of somewhere around eight words per line. Reading this publisher's version is like reading a children's book; make sure you have both hands free at all times--you'll need them to turn the pages every couple seconds.

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