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Some Problems Of Philosophy Paperback – May 17, 2010
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Late in his life, James tried to realize his project of giving an exposition of his philosophy in his final book, "Some Problems of Philosophy" which is aptly subtitled "A Beginning of an Introduction to Philosophy". James began writing this book in 1909, but illness slowed and ultimately stopped his work well before it could be completed. Before his death in 1911, James authorized the publication of what he had written with the note: "Say that I hoped by it to round out my system, which now is too much like an arch built only on one side."
The book James left is a mixture, with some sections that are suitable for a beginner in philosophy and with other sections that are highly technical. The book is of interest because James clearly wanted to integrate the two primary philosophical ideas developed in his earlier works: pragmatism and radical empiricism.
James introduces pragmatism in chapter IV of "Some Problems in Philosophy" in discussing the relationship between perceptual and conceptual knowledge, where he states that "the pragmatic rule is that the meaning of a concept may always be found, if not in some sensible particular which it directly designates, then in some particular difference in the course of human experience which its being true will make.Read more ›
He began working on this book in 1909, when he was in ill health, and it was first published posthumously, in an incomplete form.
He states in the first chapter, "The extraordinary progress of the last three hundred years is due to a rather sudden finding of the way in which a certain order of questions ought to be attacked, questions admitting of mathematical treatment.Read more ›