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Finally available, a high quality book of the original classic edition of Pragmatism.

This is a new and freshly published edition of this culturally important work by William James, which is now, at last, again available to you.

Enjoy this classic work today. These selected paragraphs distill the contents and give you a quick look inside Pragmatism:

Chesterton writes these words: There are some people-and I am one of them-who think that the most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe.

...No one can live an hour without both facts and principles, so it is a difference rather of emphasis; yet it breeds antipathies of the most pungent character between those who lay the emphasis differently; and we shall find it extraordinarily convenient to express a certain contrast in mens ways of taking their universe, by talking of the empiricist and of the rationalist temper.

...Either it is that Rocky Mountain tough of a Haeckel with his materialistic monism, his ether-god and his jest at your God as a gaseous vertebrate; or it is Spencer treating the worlds history as a redistribution of matter and motion solely, and bowing religion politely out at the front door:-she may indeed continue to exist, but she must never show her face inside the temple.

...I am not sure how many of you live close enough to philosophy to realize fully what I mean by this last reproach, so I will dwell a little longer on that unreality in all rationalistic systems by which your serious believer in facts is so apt to feel repelled.

...But to-day, whatever be the limits that we may grant or refuse to the Universe we must recognize in it a countless number of globes, as big as ours or bigger, which have just as much right as it has to support rational inhabitants, tho it does not follow that these need all be men.

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