William James

The Will to Believe (1897)

Hypothesis as:  anything that may be proposed to our belief

Basis for liveness and deadness

Decision between hypotheses as an Option

Genuine option

Belief and Volition

Knowing Truth versus Avoiding Error

Pragmatic View (James here calls empiricist, but not in tradition of Hume)


Pragmatism (1907)

Pragmatic method

Nature of Pragmatism

Implications of Pragmatism being only a method

Contrast between Pragmatism and Rationalism

Instrumental view of truth