Essays, Comments, and Reviews

Essays, Comments, and Reviews

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This generous omnium-gatherum brings together all the writings William James published that have not appeared in previous volumes of this definitive edition of his works. Miscellaneous and diverse though the pieces are, they are unified by James's style and personality, which shine through even the slightest of them.

The volume includes 25 essays, 44 letters to the editor commenting on sundry topics, and 113 reviews of a wide range of works in English, French, German, and Italian. Twenty-three of the items are not recorded in any bibliography of James's writings. Two of the new discoveries are of particular interest: dating from 1865, when he was still a medical student, they are James's earliest known publications and give his first published views on Darwinian biology, which was to affect profoundly his own work in philosophy and psychology. Among his reviews are one of "Ueber den psychischen Mechanismus hysterischer Phaomene," by Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud, published a year after the first appearance of that historically famous essay, and showing the breadth of James's interests, reviews of George Santayana's Sense of Beauty (1897) and Bernard Berenson's Florentine Painters of the Renaissance (1896).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 832 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 49.78mm | 1,302g
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone
  • 0674265521
  • 9780674265523
  • 1,980,273

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This generous omnium-gatherum brings together all the writings William James published that have not appeared in previous volumes of this definitive edition of his works. The volume includes 25 essays, 44 letters to the editor commenting on sundry topics, and 113 reviews of a wide range of works in English, French, German, and Italian.
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Table of contents

Foreword Introduction by Ignas K. Skrupskelis Essays, Comments, and Reviews ESSAYS 1. Vacations (1873) 2. Professor Jeifries Wyman (1874) 3. Vivisection (1875) 4. The Importance to Philosophy of the Appointment of Professors Wundt and Hitzig at Zurich (1875) 5. Chauncey Wright (1875) 6. More on Vivisection (1876) 7. Scientific View of Temperance (1881) 8. Preface to The Foundations of Ethics, by John E. Maude (1887) 9. Edmund Gurney's Death (1888) 10. Edmond Scherer (1889) 11. Psychology at Harvard University (1890) 12. The Proposed Shortening of the College Course (1891) 13. The Galileo Festival at Padua (1893) 14. Louis Agassiz (1896) 15. a. Demoniacal Possession (1897)
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About William James

Ignas K. Skrupskelis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.
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