Pragmatism. A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking. Popular Lectures on Philosophy by William James.

JAMES William (1907.)

£650.00  [First Edition]

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”AN IDEA IS TRUE IF IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE...”

First edition, first printing. 8vo (220 x 135mm). xiii, [1], 309, [1] pp. Original quarter tan cloth with brown cloth covered boards, printed paper label to spine, top edge in gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed (corners a little bumped, paper label slightly rubbed, otherwise an excellent copy). New York, Longmans, Green, and Co.

"Like many of his other texts, James's Pragmatism ... contains both a manifest and a latent image. On the surface level, it is a 'method only'. James describes it as a corridor with various topics leading to different rooms by our asking 'What difference does it make?' if a given theory is true. It is a way of resolving issues rather than dissolving them. James's pragmatism differed from that of his colleague Charles Sanders Peirce who saw pragmatism as a way of dissolving issues, that is, explaining them away. In suggesting that 'an idea is true if it makes a difference', James offered a theory of truth fundamentally different from the paradigm offered by René Descartes, for whom knowledge was equated with certainty" (Gavin, 'William James in Focus', p. 36).

An English edition was issued in the same year consisting of the American sheets of the first printing in every respect except for the variant imprint on the title page, providing the London address '39 Paternoster Row'. 

McDermott, p. 848; Bowers and Skrupskelis, p. 193-194.

Stock Code: 231564

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