Item #107 A World of Pure Experience [The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, Volume I, No. 20: September 29, 1904]. William James.
A World of Pure Experience [The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, Volume I, No. 20: September 29, 1904]
Rare original printing of William James’s essay in which he advances his thesis of radical empiricism and the notion of pure experience

A World of Pure Experience [The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, Volume I, No. 20: September 29, 1904]

Lancaster, Pennsylvania and New York: The Science Press, 1904. First edition. Octavo. Wrappers. Light toning to leaves with tear to inner margin of last few leaves and rear wrapper; rear wrapper separating from staples at top of spine; smudging and dusting to front wrapper and several leaves. A rare first edition of this classic work by William James in the original wrappers. Very good. Item #107

Original printing of William James’s (1842–1910) classic essay “A World of Pure Experience” in which he advances his thesis of “radical empiricism.” James was an influential American philosopher, psychologist, and historian who, along with Charles Sanders Peirce, is credited with establishing the philosophical school of Pragmatism. He became a pioneer in the field of psychology with the 1890 publication of his book The Principles of Psychology, and he made important contributions to the fields of philosophy and social thought with works such as his Essays in Radical Empiricism (published posthumously in 1912) and The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902). James is today widely considered to be among the preeminent thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is widely celebrated as the “Father of Modern Psychology” and among the greatest of America’s philosophical minds. Although evident throughout much of his life’s work, James’s later thought focused upon the nature of concrete experience—that is, the world as it is experienced by a living, breathing, and embedded agent. In his now classic essay “A World of Pure Experience,” James advanced his thesis of “radical empiricism” and defends his conception of a world of “pure experience” in which the phenomenal world is ontologically prior to both the objective world and subjective world. James’s doctrine of radical empiricism and, in particular, his notion of “pure experience” greatly influenced Kitaro Nishida (1870–1945), prominent Japanese philosopher and founder of the Kyoto School of modern Japanese philosophy. Rare first edition of James’s influential essay in the originally printed wrappers.

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