The Divided Self of William James

Cambridge University Press (1999)

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This book offers a powerful interpretation of the philosophy of William James. It focuses on the multiple directions in which James's philosophy moves and the inevitable contradictions that arise as a result. The first part of the book explores a range of James's doctrines in which he refuses to privilege any particular perspective: ethics, belief, free will, truth and meaning. The second part of the book turns to those doctrines where James privileges the perspective of mystical experience. Richard Gale then shows how the relativistic tendencies can be reconciled with James's account of mystical experience. An appendix considers the distorted picture of James's philosophy that has been refracted down to us through the interpretations of his work by John Dewey
Keywords James, William   Philosophy
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Reprint years 2007, 2012
ISBN(s) 0521642698   9780521037785   9781139173292   9780521642699
DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2002.tb00021.x
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