Writings of William James: A Comprehensive Edition / Edition 1

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In his introduction to this collection, John representative. 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 The Principles of Psychology, The Will to Believe, and The Variety of Religious Experience in addition to the complete Essays in Radical Empiricism and A Pluralistic Universe. The original 1907 edition of Pragmatism 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 Annotated Bibliography of the Writings of William James, with additions bringing it up to 1976.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226391885
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1977
  • Series: Phoenix Book Ser.
  • Edition description: Comprehensive Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 858
  • Sales rank: 990,483
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 1.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Phoenix Edition Selected Secondary Sources Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chronology Bibliographic Abbreviations and Editor's Notes on the Text
I. Personal Depression and Recovery
Henry James, Senior William James William James: Feb. 1, 1870
William James: April 30, 1870
II. Psychological Foundations
Habit The Stream of Thought Necessary Truths and the Effects of Experience
III. Radical Empiricism
Radical Empiricism: 1897
Radical Empiricism: 1909
The Function of Cognition The Knowing of Things Together Does "Consciousness" Exist?
The Notion of Consciousness A World of Pure Experience The Thing and Its Relations How Two Minds Can Know One Thing Percept and Concept—The Import of Concepts Percept and Concept—The Abuse of Concepts Percept and Concept—Some Corollaries The One and the Many The One and the Many (continued)—Values and Defects The Place of Affectional Facts in a World of Pure Experience The Experience of Activity The Continuity of Experience On the Notion of Reality as Changing The Essence of Humanism
IV. The Pragmatic Method
[Pragmatism and Radical Empiricism]
The Sentiment of Rationality Philosophical Conceptions and Practical Results The Present Dilemma in Philosophy What Pragmatism Means Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered The One and the Many Pragmatism and Common Sense Pragmatism's Conception of Truth A Dialogue Interview in [The] New York Times, 1907
Pragmatism and Humanism Pragmatism and Religion
V. Historical Judgments
Philosophy and Its Critics The Types of Philosophic Thinking Monistic Idealism Hegel and His Method Concerning Fechner The Compounding of Consciousness Bergson and His Critique of Intellectualism Address at the Emerson Centenary in Concord
VI. Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Radical Empiricism
The Dilemma of Determinism The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings What Makes a Life Significant The Moral Equivalent of War The Energies of Men Will The Will to Believe Faith and the Right to Believe
[Experience and Religion: A Comment]
Circumscription of the [Religious] Topic Conclusions [to The Varieties of Religious Experience]
Postscript [to The Varieties of Religious Experience]
[Psychic Phenomena: A Comment]
Final Impressions of a Psychical Researcher
[An Overview]
Annotated Bibliography of the Writings of William James

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