Essays in Radical Empiricism (1912)

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William James

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Essays in Radical Empiricism, by William James, was first published posthumously in 1912, under the editorship of Ralph Barton Perry. The collection of essays — some of them reprints of articles published elsewhere, and others previously unpublished — had been arranged into book form by James in 1907, and deposited for the use of students in the general Harvard Library, but a printed edition was not published until after his death. This is an electronic transcription of the public domain text, with Perry's editorial notes included, and with internal references altered to refer to sections and paragraphs rather than pages. The text is based on the University of Nebraska Press's 1996 reprint of the original 1912 edition by Longmans, Green and Co., New York (ISBN 0-8032-7589-7).


  1. Editor's Preface: Ralph Barton Perry
  2. I. Does Consciousness Exist?
  3. II. A World of Pure Experience
  4. III. The Thing and its Relations
  5. IV. How Two Minds Can Know One Thing
  6. V. The Place of Affectional Facts in a World of Pure Experience
  7. VI. The Experience of Activity
  8. VII. The Essence of Humanism
  9. VIII. La Notion de Conscience
  10. IX. Is Radical Empiricism Solipsistic?
  11. X. Mr. Pitkin's Refutation of Radical Empiricism
  12. XI. Humanism and Truth Once More
  13. XII. Absolutism and Empiricism