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The Principles of Psychology - Vol I

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This antiquarian book contains the first volume of William James s seminal treatise, "The Principles of Psychology." A thorough introduction to the subject of psychology, this fascinating book offers insights into psychological issues not available elsewhere, demonstrated clearly and concisely in the hope that they may be accessible to the aspiring student and seasoned pro ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published May 8th 2006 by Hesperides Press (first published 1890)
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Nov 22, 2011 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: psychological researchers or historians
This was an extremely fascinating, challenging, and at times infuriating read: Fascinating because James accurately predicted so much of modern psychology in 1890, before the experimental method really existed (beyond psychophysics, which he lambasts as a waste of time when one could just introspect instead); Challenging because he roots so many of his insights and explanations in classical philosophy, a slow and thorough approach that breaks the issues down to their fundamental assumptions for ...more
Rosemary Ferlinger
Amazing insights and extraordinary neurological detail along with extremely cogent reasoning gives this book a modern aura if it weren't for the antiquated language. A startling look into a brilliant 19th century mind.
Oct 30, 2007 Jamey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in 1890, it's a classic tastycake! In chapter 10, "The Stream of Thought," James lays the groundwork for Joyce and Woolf and all that good stuff.
Bob Nichols
In this abbreviated (1893) edition of his classic work, James' model for how we interact with the environment is simple enough. Input comes from environmental stimuli, the brain processes it and converts it into bodily output (action). "The whole neural organism," he writes,", physiologically considered, but a machine for converting stimuli into reactions; and the intellectual part of our life is knit up with but the middle or 'central' part of the machine's operations."

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Apr 05, 2013 Nightlite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This extraordinary book published in 1890 describes psychology in terms that would be just as applicable today as they were in his day. William James did an amazing job of presenting this complex subject in logical step-by-step terms that support his opinions both biologically and psychologically. Highly recommended for those interested in the subject.
Oct 21, 2007 Earnest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book because he gets referenced alot... there seems to be a pretty avid following of his also... but I have yet to find that ingenuity.... the reading is pretty tough so I'm probably missing alot of stuff
May 18, 2013 JP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the first modern form of truly scientific psychological analysis. He also builds from a knowledge of philosophy and later in his life focused very much on that.
Ady Mudrauskas
I must read it again.; so difficult to retain all the information. His style is hard to follow. Maybe I should give up psychology!
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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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“Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. Each lapse is like the letting fall of a ball of string which one is carefully winding up; a single slip undoes more than a great many turns will wind again.” 12 likes
“But it is the bane of psychology to suppose that where results are similar, processes must be the same. Psychologists are too apt to reason as geometers would, if the latter were to say that the diameter of a circle is the same thing as its semi-circumference, because, forsooth, they terminate in the same two points.” 9 likes
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