Pragmatism

William JAMES (1842 - 1910)

'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’.

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Philosophy, Psychology

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Fredrik Karlsson
00:03:41
Play 01 Lecture 1: The Present Dilemma in Philosophy, part 1 Fredrik Karlsson
00:27:02
Play 02 Lecture 1: The Present Dilemma in Philosophy, part 2 Fredrik Karlsson
00:26:39
Play 03 Lecture 2: What Pragmatism Means, part 1 Fredrik Karlsson
00:28:43
Play 04 Lecture 2: What Pragmatism Means, part 2 Fredrik Karlsson
00:24:23
Play 05 Lecture 3: Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered, part 1 Fredrik Karlsson
00:25:09
Play 06 Lecture 3: Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered, part 2 Fredrik Karlsson
00:27:36
Play 07 Lecture 4: The One and the Many, part 1 Fredrik Karlsson
00:25:30
Play 08 Lecture 4: The One and the Many, part 2 Fredrik Karlsson
00:23:34
Play 09 Lecture 5: Pragmatism and Common Sense, part 1 Fredrik Karlsson
00:18:34
Play 10 Lecture 5: Pragmatism and Common Sense, part 2 Fredrik Karlsson
00:22:03
Play 11 Lecture 6: Pragmatism's Conception of Truth. part 1 Fredrik Karlsson
00:27:20
Play 12 Lecture 6: Pragmatism's Conception of Truth. part 2 Fredrik Karlsson
00:29:21
Play 13 Lecture 7: Pragmatism and Humanism, part 1 Fredrik Karlsson
00:22:03
Play 14 Lecture 7: Pragmatism and Humanism, part 2 Fredrik Karlsson
00:22:10
Play 15 Lecture 8: Pragmatism and Religion, part 1 Fredrik Karlsson
00:18:56
Play 16 Lecture 8: Pragmatism and Religion, part 2 Fredrik Karlsson
00:20:07