William James’ Pragmatism

Originating from the American school of thought, pragmatism is a philosophy which posits that consequences, utility and practicality are critical components of truth (“Wikipedia”).  One of the foremost proponents of pragmatism is William James, who was a prominent figure in the field of psychology and postulated a theory of the mind known as functionalism.  James’ viewpoint, which was published in his renowned work “The Principles of Psychology,” asserts that our consciousness operates in an active and focused manner in order to relate and organize thoughts.  From his psychological studies, James’ philosophical analysis regarding pragmatism ramified.  (“The Philosophy of William James”) James believes that concepts are formed in view of the need to organize the confused facts of experience.  In this regard, the value of the concept derived is directly associated to their utility in practice or their practical consequences.  However, the value of the concepts whose practical consequences have not yet been realized or experienced scientifically is dependent on the will.  (“The Philosophy of William James”)
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