The Divided Self of William James
This book offers a powerful new interpretation of the philosophy of William James. It focuses on the multiple directions in which James's philosophy moves and the inevitable contradictions that arise as a result. Richard Gale shows how relativistic tendencies can be reconciled with James's account of mystical experience. Such is the range of James's philosophy that this stimulating new interpretation will find readers amongst those interested in the history of modern philosophy and especially in pragmatism, as well as in the history of ideas, religion, and American studies.
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