The Meaning of Truth

The Meaning of Truth

by Dr. William James

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James (1842-1910), an early champion of pragmatic American philosophy, answered critics of the chapter on truth in his 1907 Pragmatism by synthesizing all had ever written about the topic into a book published by Longmans, Green in 1907. Dover reproduces the 1932 reprint. There is neither index nor bibliography. Cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d. ed.. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627936859
Publisher: Start Classics
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Series: Unabridged Start Classics
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
File size: 510 KB

About the Author

William James (1842 -1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a physician. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism. He was the brother of novelist Henry James and of diarist Alice James. William James was born at the Astor House in New York City. He was the son of Henry James Sr., an independently wealthy and notoriously eccentric Swedenborgian theologian well acquainted with the literary and intellectual elites of his day. The intellectual brilliance of the James family milieu and the remarkable epistolary talents of several of its members have made them a subject of continuing interest to historians, biographers, and critics. James interacted with a wide array of writers and scholars throughout his life, including his godfather Ralph Waldo Emerson, his godson William James Sidis, as well as Charles Sanders Peirce, Bertrand Russell, Josiah Royce, Ernst Mach, John Dewey, Walter Lippmann, Mark Twain, Horatio Alger, Jr., Henri Bergson and Sigmund Freud.

Table of Contents


Introduction by H.S. Thayer

The Meaning of Truth


A Note on the Editorial Method

The Text of The Meaning of Truth



Textual Notes

Historical Collation

Alternations in the Manuscripts



1. Abstract of "The Knowing of Things Together"

2. Abstract of " The Meaning of the Word Truth"

3. W. James's Statement

4. Annotations in Bertrand Russell's " Transatlantic 'Truth'"

5. Four Letters from William James to James B. Pratt

General Index

Key to the Pagination of Editions

Customer Reviews