William James was a highly original thinker in the disciplines of physiology, psychology and philosophy. His work influenced generations of thinkers in Europe and America, including Edmund Husserl, Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Along with C.S. Peirce, he was the founder of the movement known in the U.S. as Pragmatism and in the rest of world as American Pragmatism. In this online discussion we will consider James’s pragmatic theory of meaning, truth and knowledge and touch on his views about the ultimate nature of reality.
The host will talk for about a half an hour to give an overview of the salient points of James’s thought, and then we will have open discussion.
If you want to read something about James’ thought ahead of time, check out the usual sources:
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://www.iep.utm.edu/james-o/
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/james/
This event will be held on Zoom. I’ll post the link on this page the day of the event.