The Philosopher as Pathogenic Agent, Patient, and Therapist: The Case of William James

One way to understand philosophy as a form of therapy is this: it involves a philosopher who is trying to cure himself. He has been drawn into a certain philosophical frame of mind—the ‘disease’—and has thus infected himself with this illness. Now he is sick and trying to employ philosophy to cure himself. So philosophy is both: the ailment and the cure. And the philosopher is all three: pathogenic agent, patient, and therapist.
Keywords William James  Philosophy as Therapy
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1017/S1358246109990300
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 24,411
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Mathias Girel (2013). From Doubt to its Social Articulation: Pragmatist Insights. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 5 (2):6-23.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Max Carl Otto (ed.) (1942). William James. Madison, the University of Wisconsin Press.
Graham Bird (1986). William James. Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Michael H. DeArmey (1986). The Anthropological Foundations of William James's Philosophy. In Michael H. DeArmey & Stephen Skousgaard (eds.), The Philosophical Psychology of William James. Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology & University Press of America.
John Dewey (1910). William James. Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods 7 (19):505-508.
Leslie A. Muray (2010). William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism. American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 31 (2):168-170.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

35 ( #137,262 of 1,924,713 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #308,186 of 1,924,713 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.