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Some Problems of Philosophy: A Beginning of an Introduction to Philosophy
With the clarity that James deemed obligatory, Some Problems of Philosophy outlines his theory of perception. The early chapters expose the defects of intellectualism and monism and the advantages of empiricism and pluralism. The novelty that enters into concrete perceptual experience, and that is disallowed by the rationalizing intellect, suggests exciting possibilities. ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by University of Nebraska Press
(first published 1940)
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James is easier to read than almost any other philosopher. But he doesn't dumb it down. This may be only the beginning of an introduction, but it covers a lot of ground and has deep discussions of some basic issues -- the one and the many, thought vs. perception, causality and the infinite to name a few. In some ways the questions that are the subject of this book are things that don't have much impact on our lives, and most people are able to get through their lives quite happily without ever w ...more
Never has any philosopher gone into so much depth into Metaphysics than William James. Even though this is an unfinished textbook, the criticisms he gives concerning the Rationalistic perspective of causality and the case that he makes with his, "Radical Skepticism" is astounding. He also demonstrates- very persuasively- the malady of conceptual thinking: it "substitute[s] concepts for percepts" there by, " substitut[ing] their relations" and its, "conceptual scheme... Can only cover the percept ...more
William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have la ...moreMore about William James...
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“Philosophy, beginning in wonder, as Plato and Aristotle said, is able to fancy everything different from what it is. It sees the familiar as if it were strange, and the strange as if it were familiar. It can take things up and lay them down again. It rouses us from our native dogmatic slumber and breaks up our caked prejudices.”More quotes…