A Pluralistic Universe

A Pluralistic Universe

by William James


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A Pluralistic Universe by William James

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781724321206
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/29/2018
Pages: 446
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

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

Appendix C



A Note on the Editorial Method

The Text of A Pluralistic Universe

1. The History

2. The Documents

3. The Editorial Problem



Textual Notes

Historical Collation

Alterations in the Manuscripts


Appendix: James's Reply to W.P. Montague

General Index

Key to the Pagination of editions

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