John R. Shook, Joseph Margolis's A Companion to Pragmatism (Blackwell Companions to PDF

By John R. Shook, Joseph Margolis

ISBN-10: 1405116218

ISBN-13: 9781405116213

A significant other to Pragmatism offers a complete and present assessment of 1 of the main brilliant and fascinating fields of philosophy this present day.
This quantity of 38 predominantly new essays demonstrates figuring out of the classical figures and their philosophies, whereas additionally showing pragmatism as a dwelling strength in philosophy, generating unique inspiration indebted to the founders.
A better half to Pragmatism is exclusive in its intensity and breadth of assurance. it really is a useful source for a person wishing to benefit in regards to the historical past and present considered pragmatism.

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As we have noted, in Essays in Radical Empiricism, James considered experience to be the sole ontologically basic category, within which the merely functional distinctions between subject and object are made. On the other hand, in The Principles of Psychology, for instance, he took “experience” to be a subjective phenomenon, apprehended by introspection. His famous notion of the “blooming, buzzing confusion” is part of that account (Works PP, v. 1, p. 462). Finally, there was yet another, and quite distinct, role which experience played in James’s philosophy.

He believed that the appeal to experience was both necessary and sufficient for explaining phenomena we seek to understand. This principle provided the basis for James’s pragmatic theory of meaning. Across the entire spectrum of his analyses of philosophical concepts, one principle prevailed: any concept or hypothesis which has no experiential implications or effects is meaningless, it is unworthy of philosophical concern. While it might at first appear that James’s theory of meaning is similar to that 32 ACTC02 32 28/10/05, 12:11 PM william james of the later logical positivists, in fact it is not.

The scientific rationalist and absolute idealist paradigms were profoundly different in their assumptions, methods, and aims, yet James had reason to reject them both – on metaphysical, epistemological, moral, and metaphilosophical grounds. James held that a necessary condition of the adequacy of any philosophical theory was that it be relevant to solving problems of genuine human interest, that it be capable of being used as a tool for meeting human concerns. It was on this basis that he rejected the philosophy of absolute idealism, which he found to be so abstract as to vaporize into insignificance when it came to dealing with concrete issues.

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