William James in Russian Culture

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Joan Delaney Grossman, Ruth Rischin
Lexington Books, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 259 pages
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Editors Joan Grossman and Ruth Rischin pose to their contributors an intriguing question: What happens when the ideas of a thinker like William James, who—despite his originality—was deeply rooted in American traditions, are refracted through a culture that draws on a heritage profoundly different from his own? Including studies of reception and interpretation of James's major works and analyses of the impact of his own philosophy on certain Russian writers and thinkers, William James in Russian Culture reveals striking parallels among and divergences between the intellectual and the spiritual realms.
  

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Contents

William James The European Connection
15
Adventures in Time and Space Dostoevsky William James and the Perilous Journey to Conversion
33
What Men Live By Belief and the Individual in Leo Tolstoy and William James
59
The Moral Equivalent of War Violence in the Later Fiction of Leo Tolstoy
81
Philosophers Decadents and Mystics Jamess Russian Readers in the 1890s
93
James and Viacheslav Ivanov at the Threshold of Consciousness
113
William James in the Moscow Psychological Society Pragmatism Pluralism Personalism
131
Lev Shestovs James A Knight of Free Creativity
159
James and Konovalov The Varieties of Religious Experience and Russian Theology between Revolutions
169
Gorky and GodBuilding
189
James and Vocabularies of PostSoviet Russian Spirituality
211
William James in Contexts Plural
225
William James Bibliography
243
Index
247
About the Contributors
257
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Joan Delaney Grossman is Professor Emerita in the Department of Slavic languages and Literatures at the University of California-Berkeley. Ruth Rischin is the author of studies of the brothers Pavel and Semyon Yushkevich.

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