Last Call for William James: On Pragmatism, Piper, and the Value of Psychical Research

The Pluralist 7 (1):72-93 (2012)
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"William James had always been attracted to interesting women," writes biographer Robert D. Richardson. "Women found him attractive too." He quickly notes that "there has never been so much as a breath of scandal about these friendships. . . . But even if James never ran off for a fling . . . James's women friends were an important part of his life." Yet James was spontaneous and reckless, "a natural philanderer, with a philanderer's lack of interest in settled arrangements" (Richardson 353). What follows is not addressed to any potential scandal in James's personal life; it is, however, a response to what some might consider a scandal in James's professional life, namely, the close relationship that he had with ..
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