Some Problems of Philosophy.
A Beginning of an Introduction to Philosophy.New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1911 Stock Code: 145960
First edition, first printing, of James's last book, published posthumously from an unfinished manuscript left at his death.
"For years he had talked of rounding out his philosophical work with a treatise on metaphysics. Characteristically, he chose to do so in the form of an introduction to the problems of philosophy, because writing for beginners would force him to be nontechnical and readable. The result is that, although this is James's most systematic and abstract work, it has all the lucidity of his other, more popular writings. Step by step the reader is introduced, through analysis of the fundamental problems of Being, the relation of thoughts to things, novelty, causation, and the Infinite, to the original philosophical synthesis that James called radical empiricism" (Burckhardt).
Octavo. Original green cloth, paper label to spine printed and ruled in black, top edge gilt.
Light shelfwear, chipping and darkening to label, hinges splitting but holding, some old offsetting from inserted paper, some pencilled marginalia. A good copy.
McDermott 1911-1. See Frederick Burkhardt (ed.), Some Problems of Philosophy, vol. 7 of William James: The Works. Harvard: Harvard University Press, 1979.
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