Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use.date: 19 October 2021

Possibility or Else!

Possibility or Else!

The Philosophy of William James

Chapter:
(p.131) Chapter Six Possibility or Else!
Source:
The Drama of Possibility
Author(s):

John J. McDermott

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226627.003.0010

This chapter presents an essay on the philosophy of William James about alternative and possibility. It cites James' statement that philosophy is the habit of always seeing an alternative. This belief is grounded on James' dubiety about closure, finality, totality, and certitude, and his commitment to the doctrine of possibility, to the persistent presence of novelty and to the wisdom of taking a chance. He also believes that experience has a way of boiling over and flooding people's categories that washes habits, additions, and beliefs.

Keywords:   William James, doctrine of possibility, philosophy, experience, essay

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .