Possibility or Else!

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226627
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235704 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Possibility or Else!

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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

Chapter.  3436 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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