Essays in Pragmatism

Paperback | January 1, 1970

byWilliam James

not yet rated|write a review
William James, oldest of five children (including Henry James and Alice James) in the extraordinary James family, has had a far-reaching influence on writers and thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Broadly educated by private tutors and through European travel, James initially studied painting. During the Civil War, however, he turned to medicine and physiology, attended Harvard medical school, and became interested in the workings of the mind. His text, The Principles of Psychology (1890), presents psychology as a science rather than a philosophy and emphasizes the connection between the mind and the body. James believed in free will and the power of the mind to affect events and determine the future. In The Will to Believe (1897) and The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902), he explores metaphysical concepts and mystical experiences. He saw truth not as absolute but as relative, depending on the given situation and the forces at work in it. He believed that the universe was not static and orderly but ever-changing and chaotic. His most important work, Pragmatism (1907), examines the practical consequences of behavior and rejects the idealist philosophy of the transcendentalists. This philosophy seems to reinforce the tenets of social Darwinism and the idea of financial success as the justification of the means in a materialistic society; nevertheless, James strove to demonstrate the practical value of ethical behavior. Overall, James's lifelong concern with what he called the "stream of thought" or "stream of consciousness" changed the way writers conceptualize characters and present the relationship between humans, society, and the natural world.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$21.99

In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
William James, oldest of five children (including Henry James and Alice James) in the extraordinary James family, has had a far-reaching influence on writers and thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Broadly educated by private tutors and through European travel, James initially studied painting. During the Civil War, how...

other books by William James

The Varieties Of Religious Experience: A Study In Human Nature
The Varieties Of Religious Experience: A Study In Human...

Paperback|May 11 1999

$18.37$21.00list pricesave 12%
The Principles of Psychology; Volume 1
The Principles of Psychology; Volume 1

Paperback|Aug 26 2016

$36.95

For Ever Godard
For Ever Godard

Paperback|Jul 1 2007

$28.92$39.95list pricesave 27%
see all books by William James
Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:January 1, 1970Publisher:Free Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0028471407

ISBN - 13:9780028471402

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Essays in Pragmatism

Reviews