• William James, Charles Peirce, and American Pragmatism

  • By: James Campbell
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 21-07-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (6 ratings)


C.S. Peirce was an authentic American genius who developed a tough minded pragmatism and a sweeping philosophy of evolutionary love. William James, a trained physician, carefully studied human experience, including the highest reaches of consciousness. Peirce and James established a rich, sensible, and pragmatic American approach to philosophy's traditional problems. The World of Philosophy series is a dramatic presentation, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall outlook of the world's great philosophers and philosophical traditions. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations gives you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.
(P)1996 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products
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3 out of 5 stars
By David on 09-01-13

A good narrative account, lacking real depth.

I enjoyed this title and I think if it had been a radio broadcast I would have been very pleased with it. However, I expect a little more from a published (audio)book and was a little disappointed with the lack of depth in terms of the actual philosophy of Peirce and James themselves. Dewey was mentioned a great deal but again his take is summarised rather than really developed. Not a bad title, just not a great one. Still, probably worth two hours; though there's not much new in it if you're already familiar with either thinker. Could be a good one to recommend to students.

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By Dennis on 24-02-07

A nice little introduction

My one complaint about this book is that the reader for Peirce sounds consistently angry. Knowing a little about Peirce's personality, that may not be inaccurate, but it could easily obscure the message of his words. In fact, Peirce's language is often refreshingly clear while ocassionally and paradoxically bordering on the poetic. That said, this little book gives plenty of space to Peirce who, while little known to most laymen, is considered by many professionals as the most original and influential of American philosophers. This is an entertaining and illuminating introduction and likely to lead to a desire to know more.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gare on 08-02-09

The source for anti-idealism...

A painless introduction to the primarily American philosophy of "the smell test". In brief "ideas must stand the practical scrutiny of rational people...despite historic dogma.

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