Wittgenstein and William James

Wittgenstein and William James

by Russell B. Goodman


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Wittgenstein and William James by Russell B. Goodman

This book explores Wittgenstein's long engagement with the work of the pragmatist William James. In contrast to previous discussions, Russell Goodman argues that James exerted a distinctive and pervasive positive influence on Wittgenstein's thought. He shows that both share commitments to anti-foundationalism, to the description of the concrete details of human experience, and to the priority of practice over intellect. Considering in detail what Wittgenstein learnt from his reading of William James, Goodman provides considerable evidence for Wittgenstein's claim that he is saying "something that sounds like pragmatism."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521038874
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/30/2007
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Varieties of pragmatic experience; 2. Wittgenstein and The Varieties of Religious Experience; 3. Wittgenstein and The Principles of Psychology: an introduction; 4. What is it like to be a human being?; 5. Language and meaning; 6. Pragmatism reconsidered; Coda; Notes; Index.

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