We continue our look at early American Pragmatism with William James. Our first meeting on James will look at an overview of his writings. Influenced by the ideas of his friend C. S. Peirce, James will elaborate and develop the ideas of Pragmatism in new directions. We will be discussing the collection of James writings from Louis Menand’s anthology Pragmatism: A Reader.
“Habit” from Principles of Psychology (1890)
“The Will to Believe” from The Will to Believe (1896)
“What Pragmatism Means” in Pragmatism (1907)
“Pragmatism’s Conception of Truth” in Pragmatism (1907)
“A Pluralistic Univesre” in A Pluralistic Universe (1909)
If you have additional time continue reading in William James collection of essays The Will to Believe (1896) which we will be exploring in greater detail in subsequent meetings.