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  • Series: His Life and Thought
  • Paperback: 649 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300089171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300089172
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Critical studies of various aspects of James's thought abound; but here, written in a Jamesian spirit of intelligent open-mindedness and including fresh biographical material, is the first critical study of his thought in its entire and amazing range. Myers, professor of philosophy at Queens College and City University of New York, begins with a survey of James's life and career, assessing the influence on him of, in particular, his father, his brother, Henry, and his wife, Alice, and then provides a lucid exposition of his thinking in the fields of psychology, philosophy, parapsychology, ethics and religion. Myers examines James's inconsistencies as well as his many striking perceptions; and he leaves the reader impressed anew with the complexity and originality of this most notable of American thinkers, and better able to understand his impact on such modern philosophers as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell. Illustrations.
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From Library Journal

"This study is comprehensive, the notes (some 231 pages) are an outstanding bibliographical resource, and the individual chapters can be consulted as self-contained essays on psychological topics," raved LJ's reviewer of this 1986 study of the philosopher and psychologist. A solid title for all collections. (LJ 11/1/86)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Larry J. Crockett on March 16, 2010
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I have made an intensive study of pragmatism in general and James in particular over the last several years, so I have built a large library in the process and read many of them. Some are more accessible and certainly quicker reads since this is a 600-page book. And I found parts of Myers' exploration of James's psychology a little tedious--partly because I am a little less interested in the details of James's psychology. But the rest of the book is simply extraordinary. In particular, the chapters covering "Knowledge," "Reality," "Morality," and "Religion" are--despite some skepticism by Myers--the most careful and comprehensive I have found. This book would be too much for an intro course or a casual reader, but for the serious student of James, for secondary literature, it is simply unparalleled. Highly recommended.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Fideli on October 26, 2014
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Gnosiology (gnoseologia) deals with all forms of empirical knowledge. Aesthetics, ethics, gnosiology, logic, ontology are the main sectors of human thought, among which a hierarchy is meaningless. Aesthetics deals with beauty, ethics with goodness, gnosiology with ascertainment of truth, logic with correctness, ontology with meaning of the existence. Nowadays particularly scientists and historians care about truth, artists about beauty, lawyers about good and evil, mathematicians about correctness, men of letters about ontology. Myers was a bus drivers and an expert of dance and not only a professor of philosophy. I go by bicycle and I have never been particularly successful with my body. I am not the scholar of anybody. William James graduated at Harvard medical school in 1869, was a professor of physiology between 1872 and 1882 there, before becoming a philosopher and psychologist(see also my review of Human ethology by Eibl-Eibesfeldt). Nowadays mainly philosophy means antiscience or falsified science. Despite this huge biography, I wonder whether taxpayers must pay for professors of philosophy, psychology, sociology, etc. in public high schools and universities.

Roberto Fideli (www.robertofideli.com)
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