7) Both basic types can then each be elucidated in one of two ways: Explication of the concept from a non-intentionalistic perspective results in either (1) a pragmatistic
or (2) a conventionalistic understanding of the implied author; explication from an intentionalistic point of view always boils down to a proposal that can be said to follow either the path of (3) hypothetical intentionalism or that of (4) actual intentionalism.
Henry James and Pragmatistic
Thought: Study in the Relationship Between the Philosophy of William James and the Literary Art of Henry James.
Not surprisingly, given its pragmatistic
nature, this account of lawlikeness does not answer our question: what distinguishes "lawlike" generalizations from mere generalizations such that they explain the relevant phenomena, support counterfactuals in the right ways, and ground moral necessities?
James even raised his claim: "Between the two extremes of crude naturalism on the one hand and transcendental absolutism on the other, you may find that what I take the liberty of calling the pragmatistic
or melioristic type of theism is exactly what you require.
principles," he writes in the last chapter of this book, "if the hypothesis of God works satisfactorily in the widest sense of the word, it is true" (p.