Text of lecture in which William James succinctly explains the philosophical position of pragmatism. A glance at the history of the idea will show you still better what pragmatism means. The term is derived from the same Greek word pragma, meaning action It. James, William, 1842-1910: Pragmatism: A New Name For Some Old Ways of Thinking (Gutenberg text) James, William, 1842-1910: The Principles of Psychology (illustrated HTML at York). 1 PRAGMATISM AS A PHILOSOPHY OF ACTION (Paper presented at the First Nordic Pragmatism Conference, Helsinki, Finland, June 2008) Erkki Kilpinen University of Helsinki When I gave the doctrine of pragmatism the name it bears, – and a doctrine of vital. Free PDF Download Books by William James. James attacks the transcendental, rationalist tradition in philosophy and tries to clear the ground for the doctrine he called radical empiricism. Description of the book 'Pragmatism': James attacks the.
(109) must be to rescue radical empiricism from Mr. Bradley. Fortunately, as it seemsto me, his general contention, that the very notion of relation is unthinkable clearly,has been successfully met by many critics.
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The pragmatist view, on the contrary, of the truth-relation is thatit has a definite content, and that everything in it isexperienceable. Its whole nature can be told in positive terms. The’workableness’ which ideas must have, in order to be true, meansparticular workings, physical or intellectual, actual orpossible, which they may set up from next to next inside of concreteexperience. Were this pragmatic contention admitted, one great pointin the victory of radical empiricism would also be scored, for therelation between an object and the idea that truly knows it, is heldby rationalists to be nothing of this describable sort, but to standoutside of all possible temporal experience; and on the relation,so interpreted, rationalism is wonted to make its last most obduraterally.