The Routledge Guidebook to James's Principles of Psychology

The Routledge Guidebook to James's Principles of Psychology

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The Routledge Guidebook to James's Principles of Psychology is an engaging and accessible introduction to a monumental text that has influenced the development of both psychological science and philosophical pragmatism in important and lasting ways. Written for readers approaching William James's classic work for the first time as well as for those without knowledge of its entire scope, this guidebook not only places this work within its historical context, it provides clear explications of its intertwined aspects and arguments, and examines its relevance within today's psychology and philosophy.


Offering a close reading of this text, The Routledge Guidebook to James's Principles of Psychology is divided into three main parts:


* Background


* Principles


* Elaborations.


It also includes two useful appendices that outline the sources of James's various chapters and indicate the parallel coverages of two later texts written by James, an abbreviated version of his Principles and a psychological primer for teachers. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this influential work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19.81mm | 386g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Line drawings, black and white; 2 Tables, black and white
  • 1138887536
  • 9781138887534
  • 1,125,604

Table of contents

Author's Preface


List of abbreviations





I. Background





Ch. 1 Life and Work





Ch. 2 Substance and Style





Ch. 3 Evidence and Interpretation





Ch. 4 Psychology and Philosophy





II. Principles





Ch. 5 Mind and Body





Ch. 6 Habit and Thought





Ch. 7 Perception and Conception





Ch. 8 Imagination and Memory





Ch. 9 Cognition and Emotion





Ch. 10 Consciousness and Subconsciousness





Ch. 11 Attention and Will





Ch. 12 Self and Others





III. Elaborations





Ch. 13 Belief and Reality





Ch. 14 Known and Unknown





Ch. 15 Publication and Beyond





Ch. 16 Epilogue and Prologue





Appendix A: Sources and Treatments





Appendix B: Coverages and Parallels





Bibliography





Index
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"Reflecting a lifetime of research and teaching in modern psychology and sympathetic study of its most eloquent writer, David Leary has produced a thorough and readable guide to William James's classic text. It is a reference guide and more. Leary explains James's ideas in the contexts of his own development, in the contexts of the emerging New Psychology of the late nineteenth century, and in their creative relation with later psychology and philosophy. This is magisterial coverage of a masterwork."





Paul Croce, Stetson University, USA, and former President of the William James Society


"David Leary's ground-breaking book walks readers carefully through James's masterpiece, without losing the forest for the trees. Leary shows us something that has been elusive in the literature: how the Principles of Psychology, with all its rich details, hangs together as a whole."





Alexander Klein, California State University, Long Beach, USA
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About David E. Leary

David E. Leary is University Professor Emeritus and Dean of Arts and Sciences Emeritus at the University of Richmond, USA.
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