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The first three volumes were devoted to the letters exchanged between the brothers William and Henry James. The volume also accounts for undated letters, as well as letters located too late to be included in their proper chronological place in the preceding volumes. The correspondence takes place against a background of aging and illness. Leaving wife and brother in England, William journeyed to Paris in hopes that a doctor there could ease the pain in his chest, and then to Bad-Nauheim. There, although the results from X rays and measurements of his blood gave him hope, his condition did not improve. William wandered around Europe, joined by his wife and brother, before boarding a steamer for Montreal.

Along with Charles Sanders Peirce , James established the philosophical school known as pragmatism , and is also cited as one of the founders of functional psychology. A Review of General Psychology analysis, published in , ranked James as the 14th most eminent psychologist of the 20th century. James trained as a physician and taught anatomy at Harvard, but never practiced medicine. Instead he pursued his interests in psychology and then philosophy. James wrote widely on many topics, including epistemology , education , metaphysics , psychology , religion , and mysticism. Among his most influential books are The Principles of Psychology , a groundbreaking text in the field of psychology; Essays in Radical Empiricism , an important text in philosophy; and The Varieties of Religious Experience , an investigation of different forms of religious experience , including theories on mind-cure.

William James was an original thinker in and between the disciplines of physiology, psychology and philosophy. It contains seeds of pragmatism and phenomenology, and influenced generations of thinkers in Europe and America, including Edmund Husserl, Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. James made some of his most important philosophical contributions in the last decade of his life. We are all teleological creatures at base, James holds, each with a set of a priori values and categories. The substance of this essay was first published in Mind in and in the Princeton Review in , and then republished in The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy in When he gets the marks, he may know that he has got the rationality.

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The letters of William James

Whether William James was compressing his correspondence into brief messages, or allowing it to expand into copious letters, he could not write a page that was not free, animated, and characteristic. Many of his correspondents preserved his letters, and examination of them soon showed that it would be possible to make a selection which should not only contain certain letters that clearly deserved to be published because of their readable quality alone, but should also include letters that were biographical in the best sense. For in the case of a man like James the biographical question to be answered is not, as with a man of affairs: How can his actions be explained? What were his background and education? What native instincts, preferences, and limitations of view did he bring with him to his business of reading the riddle of the Universe? His own informal utterances throw the strongest light on such questions. In these volumes I have attempted to make such a selection.

See the July, installment. See the September, installment. In he got out the abbreviated edition known to students all over the country as the Briefer Course, and the letter to the publisher which follows celebrates, in a few self-derisive sentences, his release from tasks which had absorbed his time and thought for the better part of twelve years. He felt stale and tired; he had earned a long rest; his mind was turning away from psychology and toward philosophy. So in May, , he went abroad to 'lie fallow' for fifteen months. The second, third, fourth, and fifth letters refer themselves, as will be evident to the reader, to this 'sabbatical' year of absence from Cambridge.

The Letters of William James - Vol. 1

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