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Pragmatism by William James is a thought-provoking exploration of the philosophical concept of pragmatism and its application to various aspects of life. James delves into the idea that the truth of an idea is not determined by its abstract or metaphysical qualities, but rather by its practical consequences. He argues that beliefs should be judged by their effectiveness and utility in helping us navigate the complexities of reality.

The book is a challenging read, as James delves deep into complex philosophical ideas and engages in detailed analysis of various philosophical arguments. However, his writing is clear and accessible, making it easier for readers to grasp the nuances of his arguments.

One of the strengths of Pragmatism is James' ability to apply his philosophical principles to real-world situations. He provides numerous examples and case studies to illustrate how pragmatism can be applied in fields such as ethics, religion, and science.

Overall, Pragmatism is a highly engaging and thought-provoking book that challenges readers to reconsider their assumptions about truth, belief, and knowledge. It is a must-read for anyone interested in philosophy or seeking a deeper understanding of the practical implications of their beliefs.

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'Pragmatism' contains a series of public lectures held by William James in Boston 1906–7. James provides a popularizing outline of his view of philosophical pragmatism while making highly rhetorical and entertaining lashes towards rationalism and other competing schools of thought. James is especially concerned with the pragmatic view of truth. True beliefs should be defined as, according to James, beliefs that can successfully assist people in their everday life. This is claimed to not be relativism. That reality exists is argued to be a fact true beyond the human subject. James argues, nevertheless, that people select which parts of reality are made relevant and how they are understood to relate to each other. Charles Sanders Peirce, widely considered to be the founder of pragmatism, eventually chose to separate himself intellectually from James, renaming his own theory to ‘pragmaticism’.

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