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Does consciousness exist?

I am not the first to ask that question. There is at least the article written by William James with that very same title in: The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, Vol. 1, ...
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William James on mathematical conceptions not related to perceptions?

I'm studying William James. I'm mainly interested in his Radical Empiricism and Pluralism. I really like his views but I need some clarification on what is his position on conceptions that are not ...
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In what ways were the philosophies of William James and Kierkegaard similar?

Especially with regards to the justification of having religious belief- were they both fideists?
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William James' definition of truth and rightheousness

In "The Meaning of Truth", William James advances the following: "The true is only the expedient in the way of our thinking, just as the right is only the expedient in the way of our behaving" What ...
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What makes a relation 'satisfactory' under William James's pragmatist account of truth?

William James wrote that "Ideas ... become true just in so far as they help us to get into satisfactory relations with other parts of experience" (James 1907). What makes any given relation more '...
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William James, Biography

I am writing a report on William James, and I need the age that James started reading philosophy for the first time. Can anyone help?
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How can a stream of thoughts and perceptions have freewill?

William James believed that there was no central entity or ego that embodied the "I" in "I feel" or "I think". That the continuous stream of thoughts and sensations generated the illusion of their ...