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Letters of William James

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This book contains volumes 1 and 2 of the original work. Whether William James was compressing his correspondence into brief messages, or allowing it to expand into copious letters, he could not write a page that was not free, animated, and characteristic. Many of his correspondents preserved his letters, and examination of them soon showed that it would be possible to mak ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published August 27th 2003 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1920)
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Owlseyes
Rankings aren’t flawless, definite, most of the time. I am speaking about one ranking: “the most influential psychologists”. In my view, it all depends on history, on knowledge, and… updating.





In the case of W. James, he’s been placed in the 6th position; well below B.F Skinner (those conditioned pigeons spying on WWII,who doesn't recall?) …and Jean Piaget (mostly famous for his precocious studies on zoology and his own children's cognitive development...). In my mind he’s not that far from th
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El
Sep 06, 2009 El rated it liked it
My edition (possibly straight from the twenties when it was first published) is only Volume I, so that's all I can comment on for now.

So everyone knows Henry James, and that his writing is often pretty dry and sometimes boring, and some may know that he had some strange yet undefined relationship with Edith Wharton. But behind Henry there was a brother (a few in fact), William. And William grew up to be a psychologist and a philosopher. My real interest in this family actually has more to do wit
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Frank Spencer
Jan 14, 2012 Frank Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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what a lost art letter writing is
once again, I have an old 2 volume set
from the last letter included - to Flournoy - July 9, 1910 - from Geneva
"I can write no more, my very dear old friend, but only ask you to think of me as ever lovingly yours"
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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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