William James: His Life and Thought

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Yale University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 628 pages
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A comprehensive interpretative and critical study of one of America's foremost philosophers and psychologists. Gerald Myers traces William James's life and career and then uses this biographical information to illuminate his writings and ideas.
 

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Myers comments that his book might have been subtitled "A Critical Study.'' Even better would have been "A Critical Study of William James's The Principles of Psychology. '' Arguing that James's 1890 ... Read full review

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Contents

LIFE AND CAREER
1
FAMILY
15
PERSONALITY
40
CONSCIOUSNESS
54
CONSCIOUSNESS
58
INTROSPECTION
64
INTROSPECTION AND CONSCIOUSNESS
72
SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
81
ATTENTION AND WILL
198
WILL AND MOTIVATION
209
EMOTION
215
THE JAMESLANGE THEORY OF EMOTION
220
FEELING EMOTION AND MATERIALISM
233
THOUGHT
242
THOUGHT AND OBJECT
247
THOUGHT AND LANGUAGE
255

SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
89
IMAGINATION
98
SPECIAL ISSUES
104
SPACE
114
SPACE AND SENSATION
117
SPACES AND SPACE
118
CONSTRUCTING SPACE
122
VASTNESS
128
PLACE
132
DISTANCE
136
MOTION ILLUSIONS AND PHYSIOLOGY
139
TIME
144
TIME AND SENSATION
147
THE PASSAGE OF TIME
150
TIME AND REALITY
154
MEMORY
161
THE UNCONSCIOUS
166
THE CONDITIONS OF MEMORY
169
REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING
173
ATTENTION AND WILL
181
PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS
192
THOUGHT AND MENTAL ACTS
262
KNOWLEDGE
272
A PRIORI AND EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE
281
PRAGMATISM
291
REALITY
307
A PLURALISTIC UNIVERSE AND PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS
324
SELF
344
PERSONAL IDENTITY
348
SELF AND ACTIVITY
363
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHICAL RESEARCH
369
MORALITY
387
THE ETHICS OF OPTIMISM
404
ETHICS AND AESTHETICS
415
SOCIAL VIEWS
422
RELIGION
446
MYSTICISM AND REALITY
461
ABBREVIATIONS
481
NOTES
483
INDEX
615
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About the author (2001)

Philosophy professor and dance enthusiast Gerald E. Myers was born in Central City, Nebraska in 1923. He received a bachelor's degree from Haverford College and a doctorate from Brown University. He taught philosophy at numerous colleges and universities including Smith College, Long Island University, Queens College, and the City University of New York. He wrote Self: An Introduction to Philosophical Psychology (1969) and William James: His Life and Thought (1987) as well as edited the Library of America edition of James's writings. He became a dance enthusiast after meeting his wife Martha Coleman, who was a dancer. He organized educational programs for the American Dance Festival, wrote books like Who's Not Afraid of Martha Graham? (2008), and edited numerous essay collections including The Aesthetic and Cultural Significance of Modern Dance (1984), The Black Tradition in American Modern Dance (1988) and African American Genius in Modern Dance (1993). He died of multiple myeloma on February 11, 2009 at the age of 85.

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