This became a pretty tedious read after the first couple chapters. He seems to keep repeating the same basic ideas and applying them to a variety of subjects.
states at one point how a theory goes through a few different stages in
it's introduction and adoption. Eventually a theory becomes so
commonplace that it's taken as obvious and trivial. I think that's
what's happened to Pragmatism over the last 100+ years, since it was
first formally stated.
It's still a powerful idea and one that's
useful. I'm not entirely sure I understand the full force of it's
implications, and I want to now read James's essay on truth for a more
thorough discussion on that.
I would have preferred a more
concise presentation of his ideas than this book. I prefer the secondary
literature I've read on the topic.
The book is actually a text
taken from a series of lectures James did. I read it on Gutenberg - so
I'm not sure this applies to the print versions - but a lot of the
important points are presented in all capitals, and I imagine James
screaming at the audience to emphasis these. I started to hate James by
the end of the book, his constant repetitions and dull prose, so this
helped me picture him as an asshole.