Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Pragmatist Philosophy. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021

The Metaphysical Club is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History. A national bestseller and "hugely ambitious, unmistakably brilliant" (Janet Maslin, New York Times ) book about the creation of modern American thought. The Metaphysical Club was an informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872, to talk about ideas. Its members included Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. future associate justice of the United States Supreme Court; William James, the father of modern American psychology; and Charles Sanders Peirce, logician, scientist, and the founder of semiotics. The Club was probably in existence for about nine months. No records were kept. The one thing we know that came out of it was an idea -- an idea about ideas. This book is the story of that idea. Holmes, James, and Peirce all believed that ideas are not things "out there" waiting to be discovered but are tools people invent -- like knives and forks and microchips -- to make their way in the world. They thought that ideas are produced not by individuals, but by groups of individuals -- that ideas are social. They do not develop according to some inner logic of their own but are entirely dependent-- like germs -- on their human carriers and environment. And they thought that the survival of any idea deps not on its immutability but on its adaptability. The Metaphysical Club is written in the spirit of this idea about ideas. It is not a history of philosophy but an absorbing narrative about personalities and social history, a story about America. It begins with the Civil War and s in 1919 with Justice Holmes's dissenting opinion in the case of U.S. v. Abrams-the basis for the constitutional law of free speech. The first four sections of the book focus on Holmes, James, Peirce, and their intellectual heir, John Dewey. The last section discusses some of the fundamental twentieth-century ideas they are associated with. This is a book about a way of thinking that changed American life.

  • Author: Louis Menand
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First edition (April 10, 2002)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History

                 

2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies For Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, And Worry


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021

Cognitive behavior therapy strategies to help you manage anxiety and depression Get lasting relief from anger, panic, stress, and other mood-related conditions by applying the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy to your daily life. From writing down your goals to addressing negative thought patterns, this accessible, easy-to-understand cognitive behavioral therapy book gives you everything you need to let the healing begin in one convenient CBT workbook. Learn to grow as a person, overcome challenges, and boost your overall health and well-being. Explore cognitive behavior therapy through: 10 Soothing strategies ―Discover proven CBT principles, like setting goals, maintaining mindfulness, and more. Positive self-evaluations ―Track your progress and reflect on what you’ve learned along the way. Practice opportunities ―Use this workbook in tandem with clinical cognitive behavioral therapy or post-therapy. Progress toward healing with a simplified approach to cognitive behavior therapy.

  • Author: Seth J. Gillihan
  • Publisher: Althea Press (May 1, 2018)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-1939754851

                 

3. THINK STRAIGHT: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021

I know something about you without knowing you. I bet you spend A LOT of time in your head. You know, thinking, worrying, stressing, freaking out -- call it whatever you want. I call it a preoccupied mind. And with what? 99% of your thoughts are useless. William James, once the leading psychologist in America, and one of the founders of the philosophical school of pragmatism, put it best: "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." Pragmatism believes that the mind is a tool. Your mind should work for you, not against you. People who don't master their mind, don't believe it's possible. They say: "I can't help but thinking these things." Well, you can TAKE CONTROL of your mind with enough practice. I've done it. And in THINK STRAIGHT, I share exactly how. It's a quick read and you can use it to immediately to improve your thinking. You have the ability to decide what you think. Or, you can choose NOT to think. And that is one of the most important and most practical things you can learn in life. Before I learned that skill, I would spend hours and hours inside my head. Just think about how much you think. "I wonder what my boss thinks?" "What happens if I screw up and lose my job?" "What if my business never takes off?" "Does she love me?" "Why does my life suck?" "What if I get cancer?" "I can't finish anything. What's wrong with me? And the list goes on. THINK STRAIGHT reveals the recipe for taking control of your mind so you can improve your life, career, relationships, business. I wrote this little book in a way that you can read it more than once. And I hope that this book serves as an anchor to you--especially during trying times. The mind is the most powerful tool on earth. Change the way you think. And you'll change your life.

  • Author: Darius Foroux
  • Publisher: North Eagle Publishing (November 20, 2017)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences

                 

4. The Art of Travel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021

Aside from love, few actvities seem to promise us as much happiness as going traveling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs, and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel, few people seem to talk about why we should go and how we can become more fulfilled by doing so.

  • Author: Alain de Botton
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Writing, Travel

                 

5. The Complete Works of William James. Illustrated: The Varieties of Religious Experience. The Principles of Psychology. Pragmatism


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021

William James was a philosopher who spoke out against the arrogant attitude of scientists who viewed religion as a biased relic of the past. His writings frequently examined the relationship between science and religion. He also tried to defend society from the inhumane tendencies of science. His arguments against the cult of science and technitzism were quite effective and led to the new philosophical pragmatism movement. Many consider The Varieties of Religious Experience as one of the seminal works in establishing a psychology of religion. This collection also includes The Principles of Psychology and Pragmatism. Contents: The Principles of Psychology Psychology (Briefer Course) The Will to Believe and Other Essays Human Immortality Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life's Ideals The Varieties of Religious Experience Pragmatism A Pluralistic Universe The Meaning of Truth Some Problems of Philosophy Memories and Studies Essays in Radical Empiricism Collected Essays and Reviews

  • Author: William James
  • Publisher: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing (June 16, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences

                 



6. Status Anxiety (Vintage International)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021

Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St. Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins. Whether it’s assessing the class-consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home-furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining. And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful.

  • Author: Alain De Botton
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences

                 

7. The Book of Self Mastery Quotes: Timeless Words of Wisdom About Knowing, Changing, and Mastering Yourself


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021

With over 10,000 copies sold, The Book of Self Mastery Quotes is a thoughtfully curated collection of passages from the wisest thinkers in history on the discipline of mastering yourself. With so much chaos in our outer world, it can be all too easy for us to neglect our inner world. But it is this inner world which holds the keys to our peace and flourishing. The great philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers have all argued that happiness is found, not in building the perfect life, but in fortifying and mastering the vehicle through which we traverse it. This collection contains many lifetimes worth of wisdom from brilliant teachers of the art of living, like Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu, Epictetus, The Buddha, Friedrich Nietzsche, Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, and many more. It also features findings and insights from modern spiritual teachers, psychologists, and neuroscientists. And it now includes astute commentary based on a deep understanding of the thinkers and ideas presented. In this book, you will: - Gain insights from Stoic philosopher Seneca on overcoming anger - Find guidance from the Buddha on letting go of unhelpful attachments - Learn from Robert Greene why continual discomfort is necessary for growth - Hear how Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius embraced challenges and change - Reflect on living an authentic life with Steve Jobs - Hear what Confucius believed constituted the superior being - Find direction on sculpting and overcoming yourself from Friedrich Nietzsche - Learn how to eliminate negative thoughts and bad moods from Dr. David Burns - And hear how to use difficulties in our lives as opportunities to grow from the Dalai Lama This simple book of quotes can serve as a daily reminder to focus on mastering yourself before trying to master the world. By studying these teachings, you'll find tranquility, inspiration, and wisdom on a life well-lived.

  • Author: Designing the Mind
  • Publisher: Independently published (September 24, 2020)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 979-8689959337
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.36 x 9 inches

                 

8. Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021

From the celebrated author of American Philosophy: A Love Story and Hiking with Nietzsche , a compelling introduction to the life-affirming philosophy of William James In 1895, William James, the father of American philosophy, delivered a lecture entitled "Is Life Worth Living?" It was no theoretical question for James, who had contemplated suicide during an existential crisis as a young man a quarter century earlier. Indeed, as John Kaag writes, "James's entire philosophy, from beginning to end, was geared to save a life, his life"―and that's why it just might be able to save yours, too. Sick Souls, Healthy Minds is a compelling introduction to James's life and thought that shows why the founder of pragmatism and empirical psychology―and an inspiration for Alcoholics Anonymous―can still speak so directly and profoundly to anyone struggling to make a life worth living. Kaag tells how James's experiences as one of what he called the "sick-souled," those who think that life might be meaningless, drove him to articulate an ideal of "healthy-mindedness"―an attitude toward life that is open, active, and hopeful, but also realistic about its risks. In fact, all of James's pragmatism, resting on the idea that truth should be judged by its practical consequences for our lives, is a response to, and possible antidote for, crises of meaning that threaten to undo many of us at one time or another. Along the way, Kaag also movingly describes how his own life has been endlessly enriched by James. Eloquent, inspiring, and filled with insight, Sick Souls, Healthy Minds may be the smartest and most important self-help book you'll ever read.

  • Author: John Kaag
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; First Edition (March 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-0691192161
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches

                 

9. American Pragmatism: An Introduction


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021

In this comprehensive introduction, Albert Spencer presents a new story of the origins and development of American pragmatism, from its emergence through the interaction of European and Indigenous American cultures to its contemporary status as a diverse, vibrant, and contested global philosophy.  Spencer explores the intellectual legacies of American pragmatism’s founders, Peirce and James, but also those of newly canonical figures such as Addams, Anzaldúa, Cordova, DuBois, and others crucial to its development. He presents the diversity of pragmatisms, old and new, by weaving together familiar and unfamiliar authors through shared themes, such as fallibilism, meliorism, pluralism, verification, and hope. Throughout, Spencer reveals American pragmatism's engagement with the consequences of US political hegemony, as versions of pragmatism arise in response to both the tragic legacies and the complicated benefits of colonialism.  American Pragmatism  is an indispensable guide for undergraduate students taking courses in pragmatism or American philosophy, for scholars wishing to develop their understanding of this thriving philosophical tradition, or for curious readers interested in the genealogy of American thought.

  • Author: Albert R. Spencer
  • Publisher: Polity; 1st edition (January 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences

                 

10. Pragmatism: A Reader


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pragmatist Philosophy - August 2021

Here are the major texts of American pragmatism, from William James, John Dewey, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Charles Sanders Peirce to Cornell West, Richard Rorty, Hilary Putnam, Richard Posner, and Richard Poirier, now collected and reprinted unabridged. All are remarkable for the wit and vigor of their prose and the mind-clearing force of their ideas. They reflect the vital role that pragmatism has played in almost every area of American intellectual and cultural life, inspiring judges, educators, politicians, poets, and social prophets. Edited and introduced by Louis Menand,  Pragmatism: A Reader  is an invaluable resource—and an absorbing read—for everyone who is interested in American culture.

  • Author: Louis Menand
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st edition (October 7, 1997)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-0679775447
  • Dimensions: 5.15 x 1.14 x 8 inches