The Routledge Guidebook to James's Principles of Psychology

The Routledge Guidebook to James's Principles of Psychology

by David E Leary


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The Routledge Guidebook to James’s Principles of Psychology is an engaging and accessible introduction to a monumental text that has influenced the development of both psychological science and philosophical pragmatism in important and lasting ways. Written for readers approaching William James’s classic work for the first time as well as for those without knowledge of its entire scope, this guidebook not only places this work within its historical context, it provides clear explications of its intertwined aspects and arguments, and examines its relevance within today’s psychology and philosophy.

Offering a close reading of this text, The Routledge Guidebook to James’s Principles of Psychology is divided into three main parts:

• Background

• Principles

• Elaborations.

It also includes two useful appendices that outline the sources of James’s various chapters and indicate the parallel coverages of two later texts written by James, an abbreviated version of his Principles and a psychological primer for teachers. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this influential work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138887510
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/24/2018
Series: Routledge Guides to the Great Books Series
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

David E. Leary is University Professor Emeritus and Dean of Arts and Sciences Emeritus at the University of Richmond, USA.

Table of Contents

Author’s Preface

List of abbreviations

I. Background

Ch. 1 Life and Work

Ch. 2 Substance and Style

Ch. 3 Evidence and Interpretation

Ch. 4 Psychology and Philosophy

II. Principles

Ch. 5 Mind and Body

Ch. 6 Habit and Thought

Ch. 7 Perception and Conception

Ch. 8 Imagination and Memory

Ch. 9 Cognition and Emotion

Ch. 10 Consciousness and Subconsciousness

Ch. 11 Attention and Will

Ch. 12 Self and Others

III. Elaborations

Ch. 13 Belief and Reality

Ch. 14 Known and Unknown

Ch. 15 Publication and Beyond

Ch. 16 Epilogue and Prologue

Appendix A: Sources and Treatments

Appendix B: Coverages and Parallels



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