Meaning Of Truth

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Why is real-world experience vital to a mature appreciation of any philosophical system? Why is the search for “objective truth” a trickier proposition than it seems at first glance?

American psychologist and philosopher WILLIAM JAMES (1842–1910), brother of novelist Henry James, was a groundbreaking researcher at Harvard University, author of such works as Principles of Psychology (1890) and The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (1902), and one of the ...

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The Meaning of Truth

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Overview

Why is real-world experience vital to a mature appreciation of any philosophical system? Why is the search for “objective truth” a trickier proposition than it seems at first glance?

American psychologist and philosopher WILLIAM JAMES (1842–1910), brother of novelist Henry James, was a groundbreaking researcher at Harvard University, author of such works as Principles of Psychology (1890) and The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (1902), and one of the most influential academics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here, in a series of essays first published in book form in 1909, and considered a sequel to his series of lectures collected in Pragmatism (also available from Cosimo), James explores these questions as he discusses:

• the function of cognition
• humanism and truth
• the relation between knower and known
• the essence of humanism
• the meaning of the word truth
• the absolute and strenuous life
• and more.

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James (1842-1910), an early champion of pragmatic American philosophy, answered critics of the chapter on truth in his 1907 by synthesizing all had ever written about the topic into a book published by Longmans, Green in 1907. Dover reproduces the 1932 reprint. There is neither index nor bibliography. Cited in . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781153742658
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/7/2010
  • Pages: 54
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.11 (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

Foreword


Introduction by H.S. Thayer


The Meaning of Truth


Notes


A Note on the Editorial Method


The Text of The Meaning of Truth


Apparatus


Emendations


Textual Notes


Historical Collation


Alternations in the Manuscripts


Word-Division


Appendixes


1. Abstract of "The Knowing of Things Together"


2. Abstract of " The Meaning of the Word Truth"


3. W. James's Statement


4. Annotations in Bertrand Russell's " Transatlantic 'Truth'"


5. Four Letters from William James to James B. Pratt


General Index


Key to the Pagination of Editions

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