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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfe ...more
Hardcover, 1212 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Library of America
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Nov 12, 2011 Ben rated it it was amazing
A brilliant mind struggling to reconcile everday life with modern science (psychology, philosophy, neurology, evolution, etc.), James is a philosopher in the classic sense of the word. He is concerned with the basic questions of life: How should one live? What does it mean to know something?

What I appreciate most about James and what sustains my interest over 1100 pages of writing is his open-mindedness and warm-heartedness. This is better than most poetry:

Every Jack sees in his own particular J
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This book , although composed in 1892, accurately predicts the neuroplasticity of the brain
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Mr. James has, for me, the same ability as Nabakov (but of course with a different style) in that he finds just the right words to capture the everyday-mystery of what we are. He writes about normal things all of us do and experience though we tend to give them little thought, and shows how they are important in the context of how our minds work. And he's funny.

There is a part in this treatise about the dread of putting your hand on something squishy and wet and not expecting it that had me in s
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William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have la ...more
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