William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

Robert D. Richardson


The definitive biography of the interesting William James, whose existence and writing placed an indelible stamp on psychology, philosophy, educating, and faith -- on modernism itself

Pivotal member of the Metaphysical membership, writer of The forms of spiritual event, eldest sibling within the notable James family members, William emerges right here as an immensely complicated and curious man.

William James, ten years within the making, attracts on an unlimited variety of unpublished letters, journals, and relatives files to light up what James himself referred to as the "buzzing blooming confusion" of his lifestyles. Richardson indicates James suffering to accomplish amid the family chaos and highbrow brilliance of his father, his brother Henry, and his sister Alice. There are images of James's early years as a scholar on the appallingly hidebound Harvard of the 1860s. And there are the harrowing suicidal episodes, and then James, nonetheless a tender guy, turns from melancholy to motion with "a heave of will." via impassioned scholarship, Richardson illuminates James's highly influential works: the kinds, rules of Psychology, Talks to lecturers, and Pragmatism.

As an established professor James taught braveness and risk-taking. He was once W.E.B. Du Bois's adviser and instructor, and he advised one other of his scholars, Gertrude Stein, to reject not anything -- that rejecting something was once the start of the top for an highbrow. one of many nice figures in mysticism, James coined the word "stream of consciousness."

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