William James in Focus William James in Focus
American Philosophy

William James in Focus

Willing to Believe

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“A bold and provocative introduction to James’s philosophy that will be of interest to many scholars of American philosophy.” —Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society

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.

“A concise and mostly effective sketch of James’ arc of thought, in which the theme of the impressive and engaging nature of James’ philosophical ‘outline’ is expressly tackled.” —Notre Dame Philosophical 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

“This praiseworthy volume presents a viewpoint on James that brings the novice reader into conversation and reminds the more experienced reader of the big-picture of James, of the zest and novelty of his vision.” —William James Studies

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2013
January 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
131
Pages
PUBLISHER
Indiana University Press
SELLER
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
SIZE
2
MB

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