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In "The Will to Believe", James suggests that what a person holds to be true or attainable may exist through that ...
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 1897 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.
Cover photography by Paul Spremulli.
Preface; 1. The will to believe; 2. Is life worth living; 3. The sentiment of rationality; 4. Reflex action and theism; 5. The dilemma of determinism; 6. The moral philosopher and the moral life; 7. Great men and their environment; 8. The importance of individuals; 9. On some Hegelisms; 10. What psychical research has accomplished; Index.