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William James



William James, MD, (1842–1910) was an American professor and historian who helped establish the philosophical tradition of pragmatism. In addition to studying and writing extensively about religion, mysticism, and education, he is also generally considered the founder of American psychology.

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Philosophy – Epistemology: The Will to Believe

Thomas Donaldson (Stanford University) asks whether it is moral to believe something even when you have no evidence that it is true. He discusses a classic debate on that subject, between philosophers William James and William Clifford.

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Psychology: The Briefer Course

Condensed and reworked from James’s monumental Principles of Psychology, this classic text examines habit; stream of consciousness; self and the sense of personal identity; discrimination and association; the sense of time; memory; perception; imagination; reasoning; emotions, instincts; the will...

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William James on Consciousness and the Four Features of Transcendent Experiences

Our normal waking consciousness . . . is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageAction may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

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Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision

This book is a clarion call for an expanded vision of human possibilities. In it, many of the best thinkers of our day ask us to renew the perennial search for self-knowledge and to discover the deeper meaning of our lives.

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William James on the Psychology of the Second Wind and What Enables Us to Transcend Our Limits

James begins with the curious psychological phenomenon of the “second wind,” familiar to everyone from athletes to artists to entrepreneurs — a perplexity that had captivated his imagination for years.

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The Varieties of Religious Experience (Illustrated)

There can be no doubt that as a matter of fact a religious life, exclusively pursued, does tend to make the person exceptional and eccentric.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.

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The Will to Believe (and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy), Human Immortality: Two Supposed Objections to the Doctrine

This volume contains the complete texts of two books by America’s most important psychologist and philosopher.

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William James on Consciousness and the Four Features of Transcendent Experiences

More than a century after its groundbreaking publication, The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James remains a fascinating read.

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