William James

Empiricism and Pragmatism

William James

Thought in the Act

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Book Pages: 168 Illustrations: Published: January 2020

Author: David Lapoujade

Translator: Thomas Lamarre

Contributor: Thomas Lamarre

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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 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 contemporary debates about materialist ontology, affect, and epistemology that strive to bridge the gap between science studies, media studies, and religious studies.


“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; he 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


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David Lapoujade is Professor of Philosophy at Université Paris 1, Panthéon-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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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
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0676-3 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0515-5
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