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by Ralph Barton Perry

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Author: Ralph Barton Perry
ISBN: 0826512798
ISBN13: 978-0826512796
Language: English
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (August 31, 1996)
Pages: 424
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William James was as incongruent as his philosophy; and I don't mean this sardonically

William James was as incongruent as his philosophy; and I don't mean this sardonically. He was a lover both of art and science; both of the unity of the whole and the plurality of parts; both of the rationalistic and the sentimental parts of life. Perry's text is the original, definitive expression of William James' philosophy, outside of the writings of James - a founder father of the philosophical genre of pragmatism, contemporary American social thought and modern psychology - himself.

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Philosophy of the Recent Past: An Outline of European and American Philosophy Since 1860, (1926), New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. The Hope for Immortality (1935). The Thought and Character of William James, 2 vols. Plea for an Age Movement (1942) New York: The Vanguard Press. Puritanism and Democracy, (1944). Characteristically American: Five Lectures Delivered on the William W. Cook Foundation at the University of Michigan, November–December 1948, (1949), New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. Realms of Value, (1954), Harvard University.

William James (1842 - 1910) was a 20th Century American philosopher and psychologist, and is generally . The Thought and Character of William James (The Vanderbilt Library of American Philosophy) by Ralph Barton Perry (Author).

William James (1842 - 1910) was a 20th Century American philosopher and psychologist, and is generally considered one of the most influential of all American philosophers. Along with Charles Sanders Peirce and John Dewey, he is recognized as one of the founders of the largely American philosophical school of Pragmatism. Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited (Institute for Human Sciences Vienna Lecture Series) by Charles Taylor (Author). Back to Top of Page Philosophy What is Philosophy?

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James, William, 1842-1910: The philosophy of William James, (New York, H. Holt and company, 1917), also by Théodore Flournoy and Edwin Bissell Holt (page images at HathiTrust). James, William, 1842-1910: A pluralistic universe, (New York : Longmans, Green, 1920) (page images at HathiTrust).

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Ralph Barton Perry, American educator and philosopher noted as the founder of the school of new realism in American pragmatic philosophy. Educated at a private school in Philadelphia and at Princeton (. 1896) and Harvard (. 1899) universities, Perry began a teaching career that. Heavily influenced by William James, Perry was founder of the school of new realism, which sought to refine and develop James’s pragmatism.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1936This out- of-print classic returns, in a new paperback edition, through the Vanderbilt Library of American Philosophy. Designed to serve as both a systematic account of James's development and a repository of selections from his unpublished writings, the one-volume work (which forms the basis for this new paperback edition) offers a brief and convenient sourcebook of James's thought, set forth in terms that require no previous familiarity with technical problems of philosophy and psychology.
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Leyl
William James was as incongruent as his philosophy; and I don't mean this sardonically. He was a lover both of art and science; both of the unity of the whole and the plurality of parts; both of the rationalistic and the sentimental parts of life. It is always suprising to me not that he could be all these things, but how well he balanced them all. Whenever one trait would come to the forefront, James almost instinctively checked it with an equal and opposite impulse.
This book gives us a front-row seat to watch James's balancing act up close! By my estimates, a little over half of this book's text is letters either from or to James (by frinecs such as Perice, Holmes, Dewey, Bergson, and his brother Henry). The author does a good job weaving these letters together with biographical infromation; with this mixture, he does two things. He puts James's life in the context of his philosophy (philosophies?) and puts his philosophy(-ies)in the context of his life. The best part, to me, was the author's ability to discouse on each book James wrote integrating its philosophy with the events of James's world at the time.
As with most biographies, this one does have a tendency (too much so in my opiinion) to psychologize in ways that, to me, seem stretching. The last two chapters, for instance, on James's "Morbid Traits" and his "Benign Traits" are like a psychological summary of James, often identifying traits James posessed as ones that are hinted at in his works (particularly the Varieties of Religous Experience). While sections like these can be interesting, they can also (as these two are) become overkill. I read the rest of the book (which psychologizes but keeps it to a minimum) and skimmed these two chapters.
Otherwise, this s a great biography. Not so intellectual as to be inaccessable to general readers, but not to watered down that we don't both learn new things about James and the philosophic landscape on every page. To put it strangely, to me, James is like a great jazz ballad - the more you come into contact with its intricacies, the more you grow to cherish it. And, I suppose that James is like jazz - emphasizing the individuality of the parts rather than a pre-determined whole. And like a good jazz tune, James's philosophy was never finished - always open ended.
So go read the book already.
Drelalen
Perry's text is the original, definitive expression of William James' philosophy, outside of the writings of James -- a founder father of the philosophical genre of pragmatism, contemporary American social thought and modern psychology -- himself. Despite the multitude of books written on and about James and his ideas since, no serious student of William James should be without or ignore this one. It is the Genesis-text, as it were, of Jamesean studies.
Perry organizes and effectively analyzes the whole array of James' diverse writings (including reprints of some tremendous and now otherwise difficult to find selections), enabling any reader to obtain a comprehensive and detailed understanding of James' philosophy. At the same time, Perry infects his analysis with a solid and enduring illustration of James's personality, without ever becoming either trite or merely philosophical biography.
Perry's own skills as a writer are evident in such passages as the following, which is a most memorable description of the breadth and depth of Jame's character: "[James] called himself empiricist, pluralist, pragmatist, individualist, but whenever he did so he began at once to hanker after the fleshpots of rationalism, monism, intellectualism, socialist. He liked body in his philosophizing, and he hated to leave out anything that had either flavor or nutritive value. He was much more afraid of thinness than he was of inconsistency."
In one or two places, the serious James scholar might have a difference of opinion with Perry's analysis, whether historical or philosophical, but all philosophy texts are susceptible to such criticism, and Perry's is less susceptible than most. Indeed, it will be by treating Perry's text as a sound starting place that the inexperienced or unfamiliar reader might become such an adept analyst and capable of interpreting James' life, character and thought so well.
Mejora
This is an insightful early work on the life of James by a serious scholar of Pragmatism. James did not come simply to the academic area of study and the philosophical teaching he eventually developed. And this work describes the crises he went through on the way to finding his true vocation.
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