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A Pluralistic Universe

Hibbert Lectures at Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy, by William James; A New Philosophical Reading

Editor(s): H.G. Callaway

Book Description

This new edition of William James’s 1909 classic, A Pluralistic Universe reproduces the original text, only modernizing the spelling. The books has been annotated throughout to clarify James’s points of reference and discussion. There is a new, fuller index, a brief chronology of James’s life, and a new bibliography—chiefly based on James’s own references. The editor, H.G. Callaway, has included a new Introduction which elucidates the legacy of Jamesian pluralism to survey some related questions of contemporary American society.

A Pluralistic Universe was the last major book James published during his life time. It is a substantial philosophical work, devoted to a thorough-going criticism of Hegelian monism and Absolutism—and the exploration of philosophical and social-theological alternatives. Our world of some one hundred years on is much the better for James’s contributions; and understanding James’s pluralism deeply contributes even now to America’s self-understanding. At present, we are more certain that American is, and is best, a pluralistic society, than we are of what particular forms our pluralism should take. Keeping an eye out for social interpretations of Jamesian pluralism, this new philosophical reading casts light on our twenty-first century alternatives by reference to prior American experience and developments.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8868-7
ISBN-10: 1-84718-868-0
Date of Publication: 01/11/2008
Pages / Size: 310 / A5
Price: £34.99


Born and educated in Philadelphia, PA, H.G. Callaway authored Context for Meaning and Analysis, A Critical Study in the Philosophy of Language (Rodopi, 1993) and co-edited American Ethics: A Source Book from Edwards to Dewey (University Press of America, 2000). His edition of W.V. Quine’s Immanuel Kant Lectures appeared from Frommann-Holzboog in 2003. More recent scholarly editions include R.W. Emerson’s, The Conduct of Life (U.P.A., 2006) and Society and Solitude (Mellen Press, 2008). Callaway holds a doctorate in Philosophy from Temple University and has taught at various American and European universities and at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.