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William James , Giles Gunn

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May 2 2000 Penguin Classics
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".

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Older brother of novelist Henry James, William James (1842-1910) was a philosopher, psychologist, physiologist, and professor at Harvard. James has influenced such twentieth-century thinkers as Richard Rorty, Jurgen Habermans, Michel Foucault, and Julia Kristeva.

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In the preface to that admirable collection of essays of his called 'Heretics,' Mr. Chesterton8 writes these words: "There are some people-and I am one of them-who think that the most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars William James Oct. 13 2012
By Arthur - Published on
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This is a very important collection of texts on William James' work. Particularly, texts on pragmatism and monism that represent the hard core of William James' philosophy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet man and great thinker March 4 2014
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William James remains our greatest and most original philosopher, as well as a great psychologist and scholar of religion. Together, James and Mark Twain made the world take notice of us as serious intellectual and artistic contenders. While James never had much chance to pull the many threads of his philosophy together, the writings in this volume show much of what was at the core of his thought.

His style is outstanding, one reason he and brother Henry were aptly and jointly described as the novelist who is a psychologist and the psychologist who is a novelist. I find it helpful to read James as if he and I were in fluent conversation; that way, the great lecturer and conversationalist come to the fore, transcending most other 19th Century prose.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection of essays from a marvelous, sensitive thinker June 13 2014
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William James was one of the most influential and seminal thinkers in modern psychology and philosophy. His rare combination of dynamism, optimistic pragmatism, and social responsibility led to a unique and defensible American Philosophy, and he described "who Americans want to be" quite effectively. James was also a superb writer -- the "scientist who wrote like a poet" -- and this collection of essays summarizes his essential writing nicely. His writing style does differ from modern prose, but it's definitely worth reading someone who influenced American social and psychological thinking at a time when psychology was just beginning its journey as a separate discipline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Founding Father of Psych Philosophy Dec 28 2012
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A solid foundation of philosophy for psychology students and professionals. Much of his work has been corroborated via modern scientific investigation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service from vendor May 3 2013
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I do not really care for the pragmatism, it really took a great effort to actually get into this book. It was purchased for a class so it did fulfill it's purpose and it arrived before estimated arrival time which is always a plus for text books.

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