Thursday 2.00 - 4.00
This is a five-week summer course for the discussion of Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James. That book is a transcript of lectures of 1906–7. It is a little over one hundred pages long. Pragmatism is an accessible and lively presentation of the view of the philosophy of that name. Topics treated in the book include: the rôle of the philosophy; the pragmatic method; the application of that method to metaphysical puzzles; the nature of truth; religion.
I recommend either the Dover Thrift edition (Pragmatism; ISBN 0486282708) or the Penguin edition (Pragmatism and Other Writings; ISBN 9780140437355 / 0140437355). There’s a Harvard University Press edition that looks suitable too.
Sessions may involve group work and/or a short presentation by the tutor. The reading for the first week is ‘Lecture I’.