William James: Empiricism and Pragmatism
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.
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 he 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 the contemporary debates about materialist ontology, affect, and epistemology that strive to bridge the gaps among science studies, media studies, and religious studies.
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