The Thought and Character of William James by Ralph Barton Perry - PDF and EPUB eBook

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When it was originally published in a two-volume edition in 1935, Ralph Barton Perry's magisterial work on William James...

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Exact title of the book
The Thought and Character of William James
Book author
Ralph Barton Perry
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
424 pages
Language
English
Published
August 31st 1996 by Vanderbilt University Press
File size (in PDF)
1696 kB
The Thought and Character of William James

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When it was originally published in a two-volume edition in 1935, Ralph Barton Perry's magisterial work on William James was greeted with much critical acclaim. A briefer one-volume edition was published in 1947 to serve as both a systematic account of James's development and a repository of selections from his unpublished writings. The one-volume work (which forms the basis for this new paperback edition) offers a brief and convenient sourcebook of James's thought, set forth in terms that require no previous familiarity with technical problems of philosophy and psychology.

An anthology of well-edited primary source material as well as a critical biography, The Thought and Character of William James today remains a classic text in the field of American philosophy. Interspersed throughout Perry's insightful and engaging narrative are excerpts not only from James but from many other of the leading philosophical figures of his day, including Bergson, Davidson, Dewey, Emerson, Holmes, both the elder and the younger Henry James, Peirce, Royce, and Santayana. The whole is a gracefully written examination of the life of a key American philosopher and an illuminating introduction to many of the founding personalities that today define American philosophy.