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William James in Focus: Willing to Believe

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ISBN13:

9780253007926

ISBN10:
0253007925
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/10/2013
Publisher(s):
Indiana Univ Pr

Summary

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.


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