This book explores wittgensteins long engagement with the work of the pragmatist william james in contrast to previous discussions russell goodman argues that james exerted a distinctive and pervasive positive influence on wittgensteins thought. Russell goodman emeritus regents professor 1990 pragmatism a contemporary reader routledge 1995 wittgenstein and william james cambridge 2002 contending with stanley cavell oxford 2005 transcendentalism and william james and to volumes on emerson wittgenstein and pragmatism. This 2002 book explores wittgensteins engagement with the work of the pragmatist william james russell goodman argues that james exerted a positive influence on wittgensteins thought this provocative account of the convergence in the thinking of two major philosophers will be sought by students of wittgenstein william james and pragmatism. William james was one of the most frequently cited authors in wittgensteins philosophical investigations but the attention paid to jamess principles of psycho logy in that work is typically explained in terms of james having committed in a clear exemplary manner fundamental errors in the philosophy of mind goodman 2002 p viii
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