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A Stroll with William James

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With this book, Jacques Barzun pays what he describes as an "intellectual debt" to William James—psychologist, philosopher, and, for Barzun, guide and mentor. Commenting on James's life, thought, and legacy, Barzun leaves us with a wise and civilized distillation of the great thinker's work.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1983)
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Joshua
Dec 03, 2013 Joshua rated it really liked it
A cranky but entertaining and useful survey of the work of William James. Does a much better job, I think, of illustrating pragmatism as a philosophy and showing why it matters than Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club.
Brad Lyerla
Oct 06, 2010 Brad Lyerla rated it it was amazing
I sought this book out because I find James' philosophy to be unexpectedly subtle and I hoped that Barzun might help to simplify it for me. My hopes were largely met. Barzun emphasizes James' radical empiricism, plurality and relativism. He is frank with the reader that none of these concepts is easily simplified without sacrificing accuracy.

James' idea of empiricism is broad and inclusive. The stuff of experience for him includes the usual inputs from our five senses, and much more: emotion, i
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I really wanted to like this book, but by the time I got about a third of the way through I'd given up on it. It's a slog. Why read this and not William James in the original? I can't see any justification for it.
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Jul 24, 2007 Brad rated it really liked it
I'm half-way through this book. Barzun is one of the best writers I've had the privelege of reading. He makes James' ideas clear and extremely understandable. I highly recommend this book!
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Jacques Martin Barzun was a French-born American historian of ideas and culture.
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“We are all bundles of wild and warrantless convictions, especially about one another, and when one gets an accidental glimpse of someone else's candid mind, the sight is dread-inspiring. For his cozy chamber of horrors - and particularly his facts - are owned and enjoyed in complete faith.” 2 likes
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