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Pragmatic Philosophy of William James

The Pragmatic Philosophy of William James

Ellen Kappy Suckiel

In this comprehensive and critical study of James’s pragmatism, Ellen Kappy Suckiel analyzes his theories and establishes their value as a technical and systematic philosophy. Examining in detail James’s philosophical methodology and psychology, and his theories of meaning, truth, and reality, she demonstrates both the subtleties and limitations of his pragmatic philosophy. With extensive use of both primary and secondary sources throughout, she concludes her study with an analysis of James’s ethical theory and his controversial proposals concerning “the will to believe.”

ISBN: 978-0-268-01555-8
177 pages
Publication Year: 1982

Ellen Kappy Suckiel is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is author of Heaven’s Champion: William James’s Philosophy of Religion, also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

“The best of recent books on the philosophy of William James.” — Choice

“A concise and helpful critical interpretation of James’s philosophy. This is a clear, well-written book, well-balanced and fair to both James and his critics.” — Religious Studies Review

“Suckiel explains how James constructs pragmatic theories of meaning, goodness, belief, truth, and reality. Her analysis is masterful.” — Ethics

“A sophisticated treatment of James . . . Suckiel has a gift for stating technical philosophical issues with great clarity.” — Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

P00542

Heaven's Champion

William James’s Philosophy of Religion

Ellen Kappy Suckiel

P03364

William Desmond and Contemporary Theology


Edited by Christopher Ben Simpson and Brendan Thomas Sammon

P03313

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Étienne Gilson
Translated by John Lyon

P00201

Introductory Modal Logic

Kenneth J. Konyndyk, Jr.

The Pragmatic Philosophy of William James

Ellen Kappy Suckiel

The Pragmatic Philosophy of William James
Paper Edition

In this comprehensive and critical study of James’s pragmatism, Ellen Kappy Suckiel analyzes his theories and establishes their value as a technical and systematic philosophy. Examining in detail James’s philosophical methodology and psychology, and his theories of meaning, truth, and reality, she demonstrates both the subtleties and limitations of his pragmatic philosophy. With extensive use of both primary and secondary sources throughout, she concludes her study with an analysis of James’s ethical theory and his controversial proposals concerning “the will to believe.”

ISBN: 978-0-268-01555-8

177 pages

“The best of recent books on the philosophy of William James.” — Choice

“A concise and helpful critical interpretation of James’s philosophy. This is a clear, well-written book, well-balanced and fair to both James and his critics.” — Religious Studies Review

“Suckiel explains how James constructs pragmatic theories of meaning, goodness, belief, truth, and reality. Her analysis is masterful.” — Ethics

“A sophisticated treatment of James . . . Suckiel has a gift for stating technical philosophical issues with great clarity.” — Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences