A Pluralistic Universe

Hibbert Lectures at Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy

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Author: William James
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 75,769 / 232 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.4
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 2,239
Added to site: 2004.07.02
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Genre: Philosophy
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al interests, and no one of them is the wholly perverse demon which another often imagines him to be. Both are loyal to the world that bears them; neither wishes to spoil it; neither wishes to regard it as an insane incoherence; both want to keep it as a universe of some kind; and their differences are all secondary to this deep agreement. They may be only propensities to emphasize differently. Or one man may care for finality and security more than the other. Or their tastes in language may be different. One may like a universe that lends itself to lofty and exalted characterization. To another this may seem sentimental or rhetorical. One may wish for the right to use a clerical vocabulary, another a technical or professorial one. A certain old farmer of my acquaintance in America was called a rascal by one of his neighbors. He immediately smote the man, saying,'I won't stand none of your diminutive epithets.' Empiricist minds, putting the parts before the whole, appear to rationalists, who start from the wh

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