Some Problems of Philosophy

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Some Problems of Philosophy, William James's last book, was published after his death in 1910. For years he had talked of rounding out his philosophical work with a treatise on metaphysics. Characteristically, he chose to do so in the form of an introduction to the problems of philosophy, because writing for beginners would force him to be nontechnical and readable. The result is that, although this is James's most systematic and abstract work, it has all the lucidity of his other, more popular writings. Step by step the reader is introduced, through analysis of the fundamental problems of Being, the relation of thoughts to things, novelty, causation, and the Infinite, to the original philosophical synthesis that James called radical empiricism.

This is the seventh volume to be published in The Works of William James, an authoritative edition sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674820357
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 12/18/1979
  • Series: The Works of William James Series
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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Frederick Burkhardt, formerly a professor of philosophy and then a college president, is President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies.
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Table of Contents

Ch. I Philosophy and its Critics 3
Ch. II The Problems of Metaphysics 29
Ch. III The Problem of Being 38
Ch. IV Percept and Concept - The Import of Concepts 47
Ch. V Percept and Concept - The Abuse of Concepts 75
Ch. VI Percept and Concept - Some Corollaries 98
Ch. VII The One and the Many 113
Ch. VIII The One and the Many (continued) - Values and Defects 135
Ch. IX The Problem of Novelty 147
Ch. X Novelty and the Infinite - The Conceptual View 154
Ch. XI Novelty and the Infinite - The Perceptual View 166
Ch. XII Novelty and Causation - The Conceptual View 189
Ch. XIII Novelty and Causation - The Perceptual View 208
Appendix: Faith and the Right to Believe 221
Index 233
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