We are unable to display your institutional affiliation without JavaScript turned on.
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE

Find using OpenURL

Seeking the Center of Truth’s Forest: William James in California, 1898


As his first public statement of pragmatism, “Philosophical Conceptions & Practical Results” occupies a central place among James’ works. This paper examines a diverse stream of sources that flowed through James’ mind during the months leading up to its August 1898 delivery in California. A quarrel with Peirce over the nature of philosophy, an invitation to deliver the Gifford Lectures in Scotland, America’s war with Spain, and his own mystical experience in the Adirondack twilight coalesced into this remarkable statement that announced the entry of America’s distinctive voice into the wider philosophical conversations of Europe. More than merely tracing sources, the paper uses them to foreground the broad scope of concern that pragmatism possesses as these disparate founts of influence are fused in a lecture remarkable for its philosophical content, self conscious awareness of its distinctively American character, and its metaphorically rich style.

You must be logged in through an institution that subscribes to this journal or book to access the full text.


Shibboleth authentication is only available to registered institutions.

Project MUSE

For subscribing associations only.