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Preface The lectures in this volume were first delivered at the Lowell Institute in Boston at the end of 1906 and later at Colum... Read More
Lecture 1 James begins the first lecture by noting that the most important fact to know about a person is his or her "view of the ... Read More
Lecture 2 In the second lecture, William James offers an anecdote to demonstrate the pragmatic approach. During a camping party in... Read More
Lecture 3 William James begins Lecture 3 by reviewing the philosophical distinction between substance and attribute. For example, ... Read More
Lecture 4 James now turns his attention to the "ancient problem of 'the one and the many.'" Philosophy is thought of as a quest fo... Read More
Lecture 5 James reminds his listeners at the beginning of this lecture that the idea of an Absolute, or absolute oneness, is a hyp... Read More
Lecture 6 James tackles the pragmatist's notion of truth in this sixth lecture, and he notes that both Ferdinand Canning Scott Sch... Read More
Lecture 7 William James begins Lecture 7 by returning to the popular prejudice about Truth (with a capital T), "conceived as ... o... Read More
Lecture 8 James begins his last lecture, which is on religion, by reminding his listeners of the difference between rationalism an... Read More
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