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inscribed with the title 'Essays in Radical Empiricism'; and he also had duplicate sets of these In the third place, Professor James regarded 'radical empiricism'.
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Play Does Consciousness Exist? A World of Pure Experience. The Thing and its Relations. The Experience of Activity. The Essence of Humanism.

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The Notion of Consciousness English. Is Radical Empiricism Solipsistic? Humanism and Truth Once More. Absolutism and Empiricism. Controversy About Truth.

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It sets forth systematically and within brief compass the doctrine of 'radical empiricism. A word more may be in order concerning the general meaning of this doctrine. In the Preface to the Will to Believe , Professor. An 'empiricism' of this description is a "philosophic attitude" or temper of mind rather than a doctrine, and characterizes all of Professor James's writings.

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It is set forth in Essay XII of the present volume. In a narrower sense, 'empiricism' is the method of resorting to particular experiences for the solution of philosophical problems. Rationalists are the men of principles, empiricists the men of facts.

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Some Problems of Philosophy,. Or, "since principles are universals, and facts are particulars, perhaps the best way of characterizing the two tendencies is to say that rationalist thinking proceeds most willingly by going from wholes to parts, while empiricist thinking proceeds by going from parts to wholes. Again, empiricism "remands us to sensation. The "empiricist view" insists that, "as reality is created temporally day by day, concepts. The deeper features of reality are found only in perceptual experience. Empiricism in this sense is as yet characteristic of Professor James's philosophy as a whole.

It is not the distinctive and independent doctrine set forth in the present book. The only summary of 'radical empiricism I in this last and narrowest sense appears in the Preface to The Meaning of Truth pp. Things of an unexperienceable nature may exist ad libitum, but they form no part of the material for philosophic debate. This postulate corresponds to the notion which the author repeatedly attributes to Shadworth Hodgson, the notion "that realities are only what they are 'known as. In this sense 'radical empiricism' and pragmatism are closely allied.


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Indeed, if pragmatism be defined as the assertion that "the meaning of any proposition can always be brought down to some. The present book, however, consists not so much in the assertion of this postulate as in the use of it.

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And the method is successful in special applications by virtue of a certain "statement of fact" concerning relations. This is the central doctrine of the present book. It distinguishes 'radical empiricism' from the "ordinary empiricism" of Hume, J. Mill, etc. It provides an empirical and relational version of 'activity,'. It makes it possible to escape the vicious disjunctions that have thus far baffled philosophy: such disjunctions as those between consciousness and physical nature, between thought and its object, between one mind and another, and between one 'thing' and another.

These disjunctions need not be 'overcome' by calling in any " extraneous trans-empirical connective support" Meaning of Truth, Preface, p. The pragmatistic account of 'meaning' and 'truth,' shows only how a vicious disjunction between 'idea' and 'object' may thus be avoided. The present volume not only presents pragmatism in this light; but adds similar accounts of the other dualities mentioned above. For it would be possible to hold the pragmatistic theory of 'meaning' and 'truth,' without basing it on any fundamental theory of relations, and without extending such a theory of relations to residual philosophical problems; without, in short, holding either to the above 'statement of fact,' or to the following 'generalized conclusion.

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It excludes " the hypothesis of trans-empirical reality " Cf. It is the author's most rigorous statement of his theory that reality is an "ex-. It is that positive and constructive 'empiricism' of which Professor James said: "Let empiricism once become associated with religion, as hitherto, through some strange misunderstanding, it has been associated with irreligion, and I believe that a new era of religion as well as of philosophy will be ready to begin.

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