William James In Focus: Willing To Believe by William J. Gavin

William James In Focus: Willing To Believe

byWilliam J. Gavin

Paperback | January 10, 2013

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$32.50

Earn 163 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

William James (1842-1910) is a canonical figure of American pragmatism. Trained as a medical doctor, James was more engaged by psychology and philosophy and wrote a foundational text, Pragmatism, for this characteristically American way of thinking. Distilling the main currents of James's thought, William J. Gavin focuses on "latent" and "manifest" ideas in James to disclose the notion of "will to believe," which courses through his work. For students who may be approaching James for the first time and for specialists who may not know James as deeply as they wish, Gavin provides a clear path to understanding James's philosophy even as he embraces James's complications and hesitations.

About The Author

William J. Gavin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He is author of William James and the Reinstatement of the Vague and Cuttin' the Body Loose: Historical, Biological, and Personal Approaches in Death and Dying. He is former president of the William James Society.
Randolph's Cosmetics
Randolph's Cosmetics

by Gavin William Wright

$1.20

Available for download

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:William James In Focus: Willing To BelieveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:January 10, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253007925

ISBN - 13:9780253007926

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of William James In Focus: Willing To Believe

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1. James's Life: Will to Believe as Affirmation
2. "The Will to Believe": Policing versus Free-Roaming
3. The Principles of Psychology: Consciousness as a Constitutive Stream
4. The Varieties of Religious Experience: Mysticism as a Vague "Exemplar"
5. Pragmatism: Corridor as "Latent" and "The Will to Believe"
6. Metaphysics: Radical Empiricism and Pure Experience
7. "Pure" versus "Impure" Experience: Examples of Pure Experience
8. Challenges to "The Will to Believe"
Conclusion: Pragmatism, Death, and "The Will to Believe"
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Gavin's book is meta-continuous, operating at more than one level at a time. Our responsibility is to take James seriously, and Gavin provides cogent reasons for doing so. William J. Gavin's work continues to warrant the title 'Jamesian.'" -The Pluralist