WILLIAM JAMES: INVENTING AN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
DELVE READERS SEMINARS
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The philosophy of William James (1842–1910) has had world-wide influence, and yet it is in many ways an essentially American view of the nature and humanity. James was a psychologist by training. This study led him to develop his unique view of human experience, out of which grew his profound concept of the nature of knowledge and reality as the way in which we act in the world and experience life. In this seminar, we will discuss a few of James’s most important essays in general philosophy, ethics, psychology, and religion in order to grasp the force of his simple but revolutionary ideas.
The Will to Believe by William James
Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James