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Read online The Writings of William James.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Writings of William James In his introduction to this collection John McDermott presents James s thinking in all its manifestations stressing the importance of radical empiricism and placing into perspective the doctrines of pragmatism and the will to believe The critical periods of James s life are highlighted to illuminate the development of his philosophical and psychological thought .

The anthology features representive selections from i The Principles of Psychology The Will to Believe i and i The Variety of Religious Experience i in addition to the complete i Essays in Radical Empiricism i and i A Pluralistic Universe i The original edition of i Pragmatism i is included as well as classic selections from all of James s other major works Of particular significance for James scholarship is the supplemented version of Ralph Barton Perry s i Annotated Bibliography of the Writings of William James i with additions bringing it up to by William James, John J. McDermott

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The Writings of William James
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The writings of William James represent one of America s most original contributions to the history of ideas Ranging from philosophy and psychology to religion and politics James composed the most engaging formulation of American pragmatism Pragmatism grew out of a set of lectures and the full text is included here along with The Meaning of Truth Psychology The Will to Believe and Talks to Teachers on Psychology, The work of William James contributed greatly to the burgeoning fields of psychology particularly in the areas of education religion mysticism and pragmatism The brother of novelist Henry James and of diarist Alice James William wrote several powerful essays expressing his ideas on the pragmatic theory of truth sentience and human beings right to believe In The Will to Believe James suggests that what a person holds to be true or attainable may exist through that person s belief in them regardless of a lack of physical evidence In a sense he advocates the theory of self fulfilling prophesies Human Immortality was a speech delivered during the annual Ingersoll Lectureship given in memory of George Goldthwait Ingersoll in at Harvard University These works are a prime example of the powerful influence William James has had on modern psychology and are still recognized today for their brilliance and revolutionary impacts on the field, This is the first inexpensive edition of the complete i Long Course in Principles of Psychology i one of the great classics of modern Western literature and science and the source of the ripest thoughts of America s most important philosopher As such it should not be confused with the many abridgements that omit key sections br The book presents lucid descriptions of human mental activity with detailed considerations of the stream of thought consciousness time perception memory imagination emotions reason abnormal phenomena and similar topics In its course it takes into account the work of Berkeley Binet Bradley Darwin Descartes Fechner Galton Green Helmholtz Herbart Hume Janet Kant Lange Lotze Locke Mill Royce Schopenhauer Spinoza Wundt and scores of others It examines contrasting interpretations of mental phenomena treating introspective analysis philosophical interpretations and experimental research br It remains unsurpassed today as a brilliantly written survey of William James timeless view of psychology, A profoundly influential figure in American psychology William James was also a philosopher of note who used Charles S Peirce s theories of pragmatism as a basis for his own conception of that influential philosophy For James this meant an emphasis on radical empiricism and the concept that the meaning of any idea philosophical political social or otherwise has validity only in terms of its experiential and practical consequences br James propounded his theories of pragmatism in this book one of the most important in American philosophy In a sense he wished to test competing systems of thought in the marketplace of actual experience to determine their validity i e whether adopting a particular philosophical theory or way of looking at the world makes an actual difference in individual conduct or in how we perceive and react to the varieties of experience In these pages James not only makes a strong case for his own ideas but mounts a powerful attack against the transcendental and rationalist tradition br For anyone interested in William James or the history of American philosophical thought Pragmatism is an essential and thought provoking reference In this handy inexpensive edition it will challenge and stimulate any thinking person