The Essential William James

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William James (1842-1910) was one of the most original and influential American thinkers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a professor at Harvard University he published many works that had a wide-ranging impact on both psychology and philosophy. His Principles of Psychology was the most important English-language work on the mind since Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding. His Varieties of Religious Experience practically inaugurated the field of psychology of religion, and it also remains a ...

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Overview

William James (1842-1910) was one of the most original and influential American thinkers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a professor at Harvard University he published many works that had a wide-ranging impact on both psychology and philosophy. His Principles of Psychology was the most important English-language work on the mind since Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding. His Varieties of Religious Experience practically inaugurated the field of psychology of religion, and it also remains a major inspiration for philosophy of religion. Perhaps most importantly, James publicized the movement of pragmatism and supplied much of its powerful momentum.

The Essential William James covers the primary topics for which James is still closely studied: the nature of experience; the functions of the mind; the criteria for knowledge; the definition of "truth"; the ethical life; and the religious life. His notable terms, still resonating in their respective fields, are all here, from the "stream of consciousness" and "pure experience" to the "will to believe," the "cash-value of truth," and the distinction between the religiously "healthy soul" and the "sick soul." This volume's eighteen selections receive the bulk of the attention and citation from scholars, provide excellent coverage of core topics, and have a broad appeal across many academic disciplines.

This well-organized compilation of James's important writings offers an exciting and fascinating tour for both the casual reader and the dedicated student interested in philosophy, psychology, religious studies, American studies, or any related field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616144395
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Pages: 405
  • Sales rank: 1,230,804
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Shook (Amherst, NY) is the author of Dewey's Empirical Theory of Knowledge and Reality and Pragmatism: An Annotated Bibliography, 1898-1940. He is also the editor of Exuberant Skepticism by Paul Kurtz, The Future of Naturalism (with Paul Kurtz), F. C. S. Schiller on Pragmatism and Humanism (with Hugh P. McDonald), Pragmatic Naturalism and Realism, and other works. He is the director of education and a senior research fellow at the Center for Inquiry Transnational and a research associate in philosophy at the University at Buffalo.

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Table of Contents

Introduction John R. Shook 7

Part 1 Experience and Mind

1 What is an Emotion? (1884) 47

2 The Stream of Consciousness (1892) 67

3 The Self (1892) 89

4 Does 'Consciousness' Exist? (1904) 105

5 A World of Pure Experience (1904) 123

6 How Two Minds Can Know One Thing (1905) 147

Part 2 Knowledge and Action

7 The Will to Believe (1897) 157

8 The Function of Cognition (1909) 179

9 What Pragmatism Means (1907) 197

10 Pragmatism's Conception of Truth (1907) 215

11 The Pragmatist Account of Truth and Its Misunderstanders (1909) 233

12 The Meaning of the Word Truth (1909) 251

Part 3 Ethics and Religion

13 The Dilemma of Determinism (1897) 255

14 The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life (1897) 283

15 The Energies of Men (1907) 307

16 The Varieties of Religious Experience: Philosophy (1902) 325

17 The Varieties of Religious Experience: Conclusions (1902) 345

18 Pragmatism and Religion (1907) 365

Notes 381

Sources and Editing Methods 411

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