Some Problems of Philosophy: A Beginning of an Introduction to Philosophy / Edition 1

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Overview

With the clarity that William James deemed obligatory, Some Problems of Philosophy outlines his theory of perception. The early chapters expose the defects of intellectualism and monism and the advantages of empiricism and pluralism. The novelty that enters into concrete perceptual experience, and that is disallowed by the rationalizing intellect, suggests exciting possibilities. Denied any absolute truth in an ever-changing world, privy to only a piece of the truth at any given moment, the individual can, with faith and good will, help create order out of chaos. Some Problems of Philosophy, published posthumously, represents an important advance in William James's thought.
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William James

"Philosophy, beginning in wonder, as Plato and Aristotle said, is able to fancy everything different from what it is. It sees the familiar as if it were strange, and the strange as if it were familiar. It can take things up and lay them down again. Its mind is full of air that plays round every subject. It rouses us from our native dogmatic slumber and breaks up our caked prejudices. Historically it has always been a sort of fecundation of four different human interests, science, poetry, religion, and logic, by one another. It has sought by hard reasoning for results emotionally valuable. To have some contact with it, to catch its influence, is thus good for both literary and scientific students. By its poetry it appeals to literary minds; but its logic stiffens them up and remedies their softness. By its logic it appeals to the scientific; but softens them by its other aspects, and saves them from too dry a technicality. Both types of student ought to get from philosophy a livelier spirit, more air, more mental background."—William James, Some Problems of Philosophy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803275874
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 5.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Ellen Kappy Suckiel, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is the author of The Pragmatic Philosophy of William James and Pragmatism and Religious Belief: A Study of the Philosophy of William James.
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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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