The Principles of Pragmatism: A Philosophical Interpretation of Experience

The Principles of Pragmatism: A Philosophical Interpretation of Experience

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The Principles of Pragmatism: A Philosophical Interpretation of Experience

The Principles of Pragmatism: A Philosophical Interpretation of Experience

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The significant fact in recent philosophy is the conscious demand for reconstruction of its method, -- a reconstruction of its whole purpose and procedure, not merely a patching-up of the existing machinery of reflective thought.

This demand implies the breaking down of the customary division of philosophy into theory of knowledge and theory of reality, and the treatment of these as phases of a general theory of experience. The course of discussion in the past few years between the leading schools of thought has made evident the need of a new statement of the issues involved. No one of the proposed systems has been generally accepted. The truth must lie somewhere in their uncriticised postulates. The present work is an attempt to set forth the necessary assumptions of a philosophy in which experience becomes self-conscious as method.

This demand for reconstruction implies also a synthesizing of the fundamental underlying ideas in a form which the man of average intelligence and education may understand. In these days, when the different branches of phi-

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