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Ethics and Philosophical Critique in William James

Authors: Marchetti, Sarin

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Marchetti offers a revisionist account of James's contribution to moral thought in the light of his pragmatic conception of philosophical activity. He sketches a composite picture of a Jamesian approach to ethics revolving around the key notion and practice of a therapeutic critique of one's ordinary moral convictions and style of moral reasoning.

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Sarin Marchetti is Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has written on ethics, metaphilosophy, pragmatism, and early analytic philosophy.

Reviews

“Marchetti’s book not only reminds us of pragmatism’s broader issue, but also widens pragmatism itself in putting James into pluralistic conversation with other therapeutic and transformative tendencies of recent moral philosophy.” (Colin Koopman, Philosophical Quarterly, Issue 264, July, 2016)

“Marchetti's book is an intriguing representative of what can be regarded as a new wave of studies on James's moral thought. … I do find the book a valuable contribution to our understanding of James. … valuable reading not only for James scholars but for anyone with an interest in ethics … .” (Sami Pihlström, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, ndpr.nd.edu, December, 2015)



'Sarin Marchetti has written a fresh and strikingly original interpretation of William James's moral philosophy. He focuses on James's distinctive approach to ethics and also illuminates the full range of James's pragmatism. Marchetti shows how the goal of philosophical reflection in James should be a personal transformation in the way we understand and conduct ourselves. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in William James and contemporary moral philosophy.'

Richard J. Bernstein New School for Social Research, USA

'By reading James's pragmatism as a method, rather than a 'theory' of truth, Marchetti offers a radically new interpretation of James's pragmatist take on truth and reveals its profound links both to James's 'hortatory ethics' and his metaphilosophical concerns. This compelling and original book is bound to transform our understanding of James's work for years to come.'

Francesca Bordogna University of Notre Dame, USA

'Marchetti gives us a new William James, whose moral philosophy is no mere appendage to The Principles of Psychology and Pragmatism, but at the heart of their concerns. Building on the work of Wittgenstein and Cora Diamond, and finding his inspiration in James's explicitly moral writings, Marchetti convincingly argues that James is always practicing a 'therapeutic', 'transformative', and 'hortatory' philosophy.'

Russell B. Goodman University of New Mexico, USA

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: William James, the Moral Philosopher

    Marchetti, Sarin

    Pages 1-8

  • Pragmatism, Therapy, and the Moral Life

    Marchetti, Sarin

    Pages 9-47

  • Questioning Moral Theory and the Shape of Ethics

    Marchetti, Sarin

    Pages 48-116

  • The Life of the Mind and the Practices of the Self

    Marchetti, Sarin

    Pages 117-158

  • Truth, Experience, and the World Re-Enchanted

    Marchetti, Sarin

    Pages 159-213

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethics and Philosophical Critique in William James
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Sarin Marchetti
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54178-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137541789
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54177-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-56002-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 291
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