He has had a far-reaching influence on writers and thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Broadly educated by private tutors and through European travel, James initially studied painting. During the Civil War, however, he turned to medicine and physiology, attended Harvard medical school, and became interested in the workings of the mind.
His text, The Principles of Psychology , presents psychology as a science rather than a philosophy and emphasizes the connection between the mind and the body. James believed in free will and the power of the mind to affect events and determine the future.
In The Will to Believe and The Varieties of Religious Experience , he explores metaphysical concepts and mystical experiences. He saw truth not as absolute but as relative, depending on the given situation and the forces at work in it. The original published version of this document is in the public domain. The Mead Project exercises no copyrights over the original text. This page and related Mead Project pages constitute the personal web-site of Dr.
Lloyd Gordon Ward retired , who is responsible for its content. Although the Mead Project continues to be presented through the generosity of Brock University, the contents of this page do not reflect the opinion of Brock University.Originally published in [V]. The flame fills its own place, the pain fills its own place; but as yet these places are neither identified with, nor discriminated from, any other places. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts. All were reprinted in Essays in Radical Empiricism
Charlottesville and London, University Press of Virginia, —. If they do anything wrong, it is our shame. He believed that the universe was not static and orderly but ever-changing and chaotic. Accepts an appointment to teach full year of anatomy and physiology, but postpones teaching for a year to travel in Europe. Ignas K. It is never precisely defined in the Essays, and is best explicated by a passage from The Meaning of Truth where James states that radical empiricism consists of a postulate, a statement of fact, and a conclusion.
Originally published in [V]. Pawelski, James O.
Hands off: neither the whole of truth nor the whole of good is revealed to any single observer, although each observer gains a partial superiority of insight from the peculiar position in which he stands. Richardson, Robert D. Academic Tools. Ignas K.
James holds neither that we create our truths out of nothing, nor that truth is entirely independent of humanity. But at some five hundred pages it is only half the length of The Principles of Psychology, befitting its more restricted, if still large, scope. Enters Harvard School of Medicine. In his survey of a range of cases, James finds that some actions involve an act of resolve or of outgoing nervous energy, but others do not. Goodman, Russell B. Thirdly, mystical states are transient; and, fourth, subjects are passive with respect to them: they cannot control their coming and going.
James is sympathetic both to the idea that the universe is something we can be intimate with and to the idea that it is wild and unpredictable.
Levinson, Henry S. Accepts offer from President Eliot of Harvard to teach undergraduate course in comparative physiology. Ignas K. Tarver, Erin C.
Returns to medical school. Otherwise, no part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage or retrieval system, for the purpose of profit or personal benefit, without written permission from the Mead Project. Family settles in Geneva, where William studies science at Geneva Academy; then returns to Newport when William decides he wishes to resume his study of painting. There is an excitement during the crying fit which is not without a certain pungent pleasure of its own; but it would take a genius for felicity to discover any dash of redeeming quality in the feeling of dry and shrunken sorrow PP Originally published in [PU]. Healthy-mindedness can be involuntary, just natural to someone, but often comes in more willful forms.
Academic Tools. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. William attends school in Geneva, Paris, and Boulogne-sur-Mer; develops interests in painting and science. Certainly it is always seen in the philosophy of William James. That comes later. William James: Writings —
Family settles in Geneva, where William studies science at Geneva Academy; then returns to Newport when William decides he wishes to resume his study of painting. Brock University is not responsible for its content.
Overall, James's lifelong concern with what he called the "stream of thought" or "stream of consciousness" changed the way writers conceptualize characters and present the relationship between humans, society, and the natural world. Goodman ed. Fair Use Statement: Scholars are permitted to reproduce this material for personal use. A government, an army, a commercial system, a ship, a college, an athletic team, all exist on this condition, without which not only is nothing achieved, but nothing is even attempted WB
William James: Writings — Sprigge, T. That comes later. We answer by consents or non-consents and not by words. All were reprinted in Essays in Radical Empiricism Severe depression in the fall.