William James

William James : Empiricism and Pragmatism

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Originally published in French in 1997 and appearing here in English for the first time, David Lapoujade's William James: Empiricism and Pragmatism is both an accessible and rigorous introduction to James's thought and a pioneering rereading of it. Examining pragmatism's fundamental questions through a Deleuzian framework, Lapoujade outlines how James's pragmatism and radical empiricism encompass the study of experience and the making of reality, and he reopens the speculative side of pragmatist thought and the role of experience in it. The book includes an extensive afterword by translator Thomas Lamarre, who illustrates how James's interventions are becoming increasingly central to the contemporary debates about materialist ontology, affect, and epistemology that strive to bridge the gaps among science studies, media studies, and religious studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 476g
  • North Carolina, United States
  • English
  • 1478005157
  • 9781478005155

Table of contents

A Note on References vii
Preface / Thomas Lamarre ix
Introduction 1
1. Radical Empiricism 9
2. Truth and Knowledge 27
3. Faith and Pragmatic Community 51
Conclusion 73
Afterword: Diversity as Method / Thomas Lamarre 77
Notes 119
Bibliography 137
Index 143
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Review quote

"In this crisp, well-argued book, David Lapoujade rescues the whole idea of pragmatism from the dismissive and misguided views that it is an 'American' philosophy by recasting its fundamental questions along new lines. He advances a vision of pragmatism that is based in trust in the world of things in the making, in effect reopening pragmatist thought from a fresh angle." -- John Rajchman, author of * The Deleuze Connections * "David Lapoujade's book, at last translated, was an event in France, and so it will be for his American readers, who will rediscover what they thought they knew. Lapoujade does not write about William James but rather embraces the movement of James's thought, performing it as a musician performs a score, making it alive and audible for its own sake and enabling his readers to go back and read James as if for the first time." -- Isabelle Stengers, author of * In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism *
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About David Lapoujade

David Lapoujade is Professor of Philosophy at Universite Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne, and the author of numerous books, including Powers of Time: Versions of Bergson and Aberrant Movements: The Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.

Thomas Lamarre is Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University and author of The Anime Ecology: A Genealogy of Television, Animation, and Game Media.
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