Ethics and Philosophical Critique in William James

2015.12.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sarin Marchetti, Ethics and Philosophical Critique in William James, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 291pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.12.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sarin Marchetti, Ethics and Philosophical Critique in William James, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 291pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137541772. Reviewed by Sami Pihlström, University of Helsinki William James, one of the classical American pragmatists, is not habitually read as a moral philosopher. On the contrary, it is often claimed that he authored just a single essay focusing on ethics, "The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life" (1891).[1] In a sense this is clearly true; there is no book or any other comprehensive work by him on ethics in the way in which his major works cover such fields as epistemology, metaphysics, philosophical psychology, philosophy (and psychology) of religion, and (somewhat notoriously) the theory of truth -- or in the way in which other pragmatists, such as John Dewey, wrote treatises on ethics. However, James scholars have increasingly, and compellingly, argued that James was not. . .

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