A new name for some old ways of thinking.Longmans, Green, and Co., London , 1907 Stock Code: 129632
NotesFirst edition, UK issue from the American sheets (published the same year). "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" (William J. Gavin, William James in Focus, 2013, p. 36).
Octavo. Original beige cloth-backed brown cloth, title label lettered in black to spine, top edge gilt.
Occasional pencilled marginalia. Spine lightly sunned, a couple of marks to covers, endpapers lightly foxed, short marginal tear to pp. 67/68. A very good copy.
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