William james the son of philosopher henry james sr and brother of novelist henry james is considered one of the most influential american philosophers and an example of how theories of knowledge may be applied to contemporary questions james turned from physiology to psychology when he began teaching at harvard in 1875. Revised and greatly expanded in this second edition it offers a comprehensive account of classical american philosophy and pragmatism presenting the essential writings of all the major figures of the tradition charles s peirce william james josiah royce george santayana john dewey and george herbert mead. William james pragmatism and american culture focuses on the work of william james and the relationship between the development of pragmatism and its historical cultural and political roots in 19th century america deborah whitehead reads pragmatism through the intersecting themes of narrative gender nation politics and religion. 28illiam james pragmatism and american culture w object of our conception to have then our conception of these effects is the whole of our conception of the object 6 the key difference between peirces and jamess formulations of the maxim was that peirce conceived of pragmatism as primarily
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