Both are loyal to the world that bears them; neither wishes to spoil it; neither wishes to regard it as an insane incoherence; both want to keep it as a universe of some kind; and their differences are all secondary to this deep agreement. They may be only propensities to emphasize differently. Or one man may care for finality and security more than the other. Or their tastes in language may be different. One may like a universe that lends itself to lofty and exalted characterization. To another this may seem sentimental or rhetorical. One may wish for the right to use a clerical vocabulary, another a technical or professorial one. A certain old farmer of my acquaintance in America was called a rascal by one of his neighbors.
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Ignas K. Skrupskelis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.
Frederick Burkhardt, formerly a professor of philosophy and then a college president, is President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Richard J. Bernstein
A Pluralistic Universe
A Note on the Editorial Method
The Text of A Pluralistic Universe
1. The History
2. The Documents
3. The Editorial Problem
Alterations in the Manuscripts
Appendix: James's Reply to W.P. Montague
Key to the Pagination of editions
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