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  1. The Heart of William James
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  2. The Heart of William James

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On the one hundredth anniversary of the death of William James, Robert Richardson, author of the magisterial William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism, assembles a wide-ranging selection of essays and writings that reveal the evolution of James’s thought over time, especially as it was continually being shaped by the converging influences of psychology, philosophy, and religion throughout his life.

Proceeding chronologically, the volume begins with “What Is an Emotion,” James’s early, notable, and still controversial argument that many of our emotions follow from (rather than cause) physical or physiological reactions. The book concludes with “The Moral Equivalent of War,” one of the greatest anti-war pieces ever written, perhaps even more relevant now than when it was first published. In between, in essays on “The Dilemma of Determinism,” “The Hidden Self,” “Habit,” and “The Will”; in chapters from The Principles of Psychology and The Varieties of Religious Experience; and in such pieces as “On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings,” “What Makes a Life Significant,” and “Philosophical Conceptions and Practical Results,” we witness the evolution of James’s philosophical thinking, his pragmatism, and his radical empiricism. Throughout, Richardson’s deeply informed introductions place James’s work in its proper biographical, historical, and philosophical context.

In essay after essay, James calls us to live a fuller, richer, better life, to seek out and use our best energies and sympathies. As every day is the day of creation and judgment, so every age was once the new age—and as this book makes abundantly clear, William James’s writings are still the gateway to many a new world.

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Kudos once more to Professor Richardson, for his persistent and creative work with the great American philosophers of the 19th into 20th centuries! This new William James collection was much-needed for scholars, general readers, and especially classroom use. It is a treasure: well edited, with a balanced and complete inclusion. Before, the primary essays were difficult to obtain without intensive research and high costs, which is absurd for research on a philosopher whose name is household knowledge, world-wide. James is becoming more central in philosophical circles, after being out of fashion for fifty years or more. The late 20th century revival of Bergson, Bateson, Whitehead, Peirce, Dewey, Freud, Langer, Arendt, Tillich, et alia, by Deleuze, Mullarkey, Lawlor, Ansell-Pearson, Thacker, Haraway, Esposito, and other contemporary thinkers in philosophy, cinema, psychoanalytic theory, cultural studies, peace studies, theology, ethics, feminism, and biopolitics, will contribute to a... Read more
Excellent window into the work of the estimable Mr. James.
We are still working on the book. Excellent basis for discussion.
The book was/is in perfect condition. But I think I did buy it new.
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