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JAMES, William.

Pragmatism.

A new name for some old ways of thinking.

Longmans, Green, and Co., London , 1907 Stock Code: 129632
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First 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).

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Description

Octavo. Original beige cloth-backed brown cloth, title label lettered in black to spine, top edge gilt.

Condition

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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