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The Philosophy of William James By Richard M. Gale

The Philosophy of William James
by Richard M. Gale

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This 2004 book is an accessible introduction to the full range of the philosophy of William James. It portrays that philosophy as containing a deep division between a Promethean type of pragmatism and a passive mysticism. Richard Gale attempts to harmonize these pragmatic and mystical perspectives.
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The Philosophy of William James: An Introduction by Richard M. Gale

This 2004 book is an accessible introduction to the full range of the philosophy of William James. It portrays that philosophy as containing a deep division between a Promethean type of pragmatism and a passive mysticism. The pragmatist James conceives of truth and meaning as a means to control nature and make it do our bidding. The mystic James eschews the use of concepts in order to penetrate to the inner conscious core of all being, including nature at large. Richard Gale attempts to harmonize these pragmatic and mystical perspectives. This introduction is drawn from and complements the author's much more comprehensive and systematic study The Divided Self of William James, a volume that has received the highest critical praise. With its briefer compass and non-technical style this introduction should help to disseminate the key elements of one of the great modern philosophies to an even wider readership.

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The Philosophy of William James Reviews


'What makes the book exceptional is its intimate grasp of James's thought and of the thinker behind it ...' Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
'Carefully argued, written with gusto and full of wise-cracking bonhomie...a major stimulus to the understanding of James's philosophy.' Philosophical Quarterly
'... presents a deeper, more systematic picture of James's philosophy than any other presently available.' Mind
"Carefully argued, written with gusto and full of wise-cracking bonhomie...a major stimulus to the understanding of James's philosophy." Philosophical Quarterly
"Gale's book offers great insight into James's thought about attention, interest, will, effort, belief, freedom, and their interconnections. I am glad I own a copy." A. Pablo Iannone, The Review of Metaphysics

About Richard M. Gale


Richard M. Gale is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Table of Contents


Introduction; Part I. The Promethean Pragmatist: 1. The ethics of Prometheanism; 2. The willfulness of belief; 3. The freedom of belief; 4. The will to believe; 5. The ethics of truth; 6. The semantics of 'truth'; 7. Ontological relativism: William James meets Poo-bah; Part II. The Passive Mystic: 8. The self; 9. The I-thou quest for intimacy and religious mysticism; 10. The Humpty Dumpty intuition and backyard mysticism; 11. An attempt at one world interpretation of James.

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GOR003638998
The Philosophy of William James: An Introduction by Richard M. Gale
Richard M. Gale
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2004-09-27
258
0521549558
9780521549554
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