— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
Context: The "through-and-through" universe seems to suffocate me with its infallible impeccable all-pervasiveness. Its necessity, with no possibilities; its relations, with no subjects, make me feel as if I had entered into a contract with no reserved rights … It seems too buttoned-up and white-chokered and clean-shaven a thing to speak for the vast slow-breathing unconscious Kosmos with its dread abysses and its unknown tides.
Essays in Radical Empiricism http://www.archive.org/stream/essaysinradicale00jameuoft/essaysinradicale00jameuoft_djvu.txt (1912), Ch. 12 : Absolutism and Empiricism