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Pragmatism and Other Writings (Penguin Classics) New Edition

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ISBN-10: 0140437355
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Older brother of novelist Henry James, William James (1842-1910) was a philosopher, psychologist, physiologist, and professor at Harvard. James has influenced such twentieth-century thinkers as Richard Rorty, Jurgen Habermans, Michel Foucault, and Julia Kristeva. Giles Gunn is Professor of English and of Global & International Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is author of 'Culture of Criticism and Criticism of Culture' and edited Early American Writing for Penguin.
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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140437355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140437355
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brad4d VINE VOICE on June 13, 2014
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William James was one of the most influential and seminal thinkers in modern psychology and philosophy. His rare combination of dynamism, optimistic pragmatism, and social responsibility led to a unique and defensible American Philosophy, and he described "who Americans want to be" quite effectively. James was also a superb writer -- the "scientist who wrote like a poet" -- and this collection of essays summarizes his essential writing nicely. His writing style does differ from modern prose, but it's definitely worth reading someone who influenced American social and psychological thinking at a time when psychology was just beginning its journey as a separate discipline.
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This is a very important collection of texts on William James' work. Particularly, texts on pragmatism and monism that represent the hard core of William James' philosophy.
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A solid foundation of philosophy for psychology students and professionals. Much of his work has been corroborated via modern scientific investigation.
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I do not really care for the pragmatism, it really took a great effort to actually get into this book. It was purchased for a class so it did fulfill it's purpose and it arrived before estimated arrival time which is always a plus for text books.
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The seller had the item shipped in plastic which was excellent for me because it ended up in the rain for a day.
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