Belief; or, The Sense of Reality

Nicholas Gaskill

Rutgers University

Nicholas Gaskill is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University, where he teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. literature. He is an editor of The Lure of Whitehead (Minnesota, 2014) and the author of several essays on pragmatism, aesthetics, and color, which have appeared or are forthcoming in American Literature, New Literary History, American Literary History, and Cabinet magazine. He has recently completed a book on U.S. literature and theories of color perception at the turn of the twentieth century titled Color Sense: Writing Perception in U.S. Literature, forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press (2018). 


Nicholas Gaskill will argue that James presents belief as an ontological rather than epistemological issue, a matter of world-building rather than of knowledge and error. This reorientation both provides a useful way of... [ view full abstract ]


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