Over 125 years ago, William James found today’s most plausible and practical solution to the 2400-year old problem of free will and determinism.
Articles for Past Teachers
A short outline of some of William James’ main ideas on psychology.
Robert D. Richardson presented at the William James Symposium, Chocorua, New Hampshire, on the 100th anniversary of the death of William James, August, 2010.
Lecture by Prof. Richard Rorty discussing William James.
by Maria Popova: References philosopher William James writings on Habit from 1887. “We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar.”
By William James (1892) The order of our study must be analytic. We are now prepared to begin the introspective study of the adult consciousness itself.
By William James: I wish in the following hour to take certain psychological doctrines and show their practical applications to mental hygiene,—to the hygiene of our American life more particularly.
By William James (1906) SOME YEARS AGO, being with a camping party in the mountains, I returned from a solitary ramble to find every one engaged in a ferocious metaphysical dispute.
￼In the 2010 November issue of History of Psychology, Stetson, President of the William James Society, reviews a century of research on William James and his work to mark the centenary of James’s death. AHPasked Stetson about his work on James and about what readers can expect to find in his HoParticle.
Originally published in the Harvard Monthly in March 1903, “The Ph.D. Octopus” by Harvard philosopher William James, offers a powerful critique of the “tyrannical Machine” of graduate education and the growing obsession with examinations, diplomas, and “decorative titles.”