WILLIAM JAMES (1842 - 1910)



  • In the Footsteps of William James, William James Society, Harvard University, August 13-15, 2010

  • William James and his Influence, William James Society, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Yale University, and Yale Divinity School, October 19-20, 2007

  • William James et l'empirisme radical, 1904-1924, UFR et Ecole Doctorale de Philosophie - CEPPA (Centre d'Etudes sur le Pragmatisme et la Philosophie Analytique), Université Paris-I Panthéon Sorbonne, Novembre 25-27, 2004

  • Le Principles of Psychology de W. James et leur Posterité, Ecole Normale Superieure, Novembre 24, 2004




  • Anthologies:

    • The Heart of William James.  Ed. Robert D. Richardson.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2010.

    • Collected Works

      • Writings, 1878 - 1899.  Vol. 2.  Ed. Gerald E. Myers.  New York: Library of America, 1992.

      • Writings, 1902 - 1910.  Vol. 1.  Ed. Bruce Kuklick.  New York: Library of America, 1987.

    • Essays, Comments and Reviews.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1987.

    • Essential Writings.  Ed. Bruce W. Wilshire.  Albany: SUNY Press, 1984.

    • Writings.  Ed. John J. McDermott.  Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1972.

    • Works.  Ed. F. H. Burkhardt, et al.  Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1975-1990.

    • Essays in Psychology.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1983. 

    • Collected Essays and Reviews.  Ed.  R. B. Perry.  New York: Longmans, Green, 1920.

    • The Letters of William James.  Ed. Henry James [his son, not brother].  1920.  Rpt. Cosimo Classics, 2008.

    • Essays in Radical Empiricism.  Ed. R. B. Perry.  New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1912.  Rpt. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1976.

    • The Will to Believe, and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy.  New York: Longmans, Green, 1897.  Rpt. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1979.

    • Essays in Philosophy.  1878.  Rpt. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1978.

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Some Problems of Philosophy: a Beginning of an Introduction to Philosophy.  Ed. Horace M. Kallen.  New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1911.

    • The Meaning of Truth: a Sequel of Pragmatism.  New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1909. 

      • Rpt. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1975.

    • A Pluralistic Universe.  New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1909. 

      • Rpt. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1977.

    • Pragmatism: a New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking.  New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1907. 

      • Rpt. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1975.

    • "A Word More about Truth."  1907.

    • The Varieties of Religious Experience: a Study in Human Nature.  New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902. 

      • Rpt. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1985.

    • Human Immortality: Two Supposed Objections to the Doctrine.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1898.

    • Psychology (Briefer Course).  New York: Henry Holt, 1892.

    • Principles of Psychology.  2 Vols. New York: Henry Holt, 1890.

      • Rpt. New York: Dover, 1950.

    • "Feeling of Effort."  1880.

    • "Are We Automata?"  1879.

    • "Spencer's Definition of Mind."  1878.

    • "The Function of Cognition."  

    • "Humanism and Truth."  

    • "Philosophical Conceptions."




  • Anthologies:


  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Allen, Gay W.  William James: a Biography.  London: Rupert Hart-Davies, 1967. 

    • Barzun, Jacques.  A Stroll With William James.  New York: Harper and Row, 1983.

    • Bergson, Henri.  "On the Pragmatism of William James: Truth and Reality."  Creative Mind.  Trans. M. L. Andison.  New York: Philosophical Library.  246-260.

    • Bird, Graham. William James.  London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1986.

    • Bjork, Daniel W.  William James: the Center of his Thought.  New York: Columbia UP, 1988.

    • Bordogna, Francesca.  William James at the Boundaries: Philosophy, Science, and the Geography of Knowledge.  Chicago: U. of Chicago P, 2008.

    • Bradley, F. H.  Essays on Truth and Reality.  Oxford: Clarendon, 1914.

      • "Truth and Practice."

      • "Truth and Copying."

      • "On the Ambiguity of Pragmatism."

      • "On Professor James's 'Meaning of Truth.'"

      • "On Professor James's 'Radical Empiricism.'"

    • Cormier, Harvey.  The Truth is What Works: William James, Pragmatism, and the Seed of Death.  Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.

    • Cotkin, George.  William James: American Philosopher.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1990.

    • Craig, Megan.  Levinas and James: Toward a Pragmatic Phenomenology.  Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2010.

    • Dewey, John.  "The Philosophy of William James."  Problems of Men.  New York: Philosophical Library, 1946.

    • Dewey, John.  "What Pragmatism Means by Practical."  Essays in Experimental Logic.  Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1916.  303-334.  Rpt. New York: Dover, n.d.  

    • Edie, James M.  "Notes on the Philosophical Anthropology of William James."  An Invitation to Phenomenology.  Chicago: Quadrangle, 1965.  110-132.

    • Eisendrath, Craig R.  The Unifying Moment: the Psychological Philosophy of William James and Alfred North Whitehead.  Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1971.

    • Fancher, R. E.  "William James and Psychology in America."  Pioneers of Psychology.  New York: Norton, 1979.  3rd Ed. 1996.  246-283.

    • Feinstein, Howard M.  Becoming William James.  Ithaca: Cornel UP, 2000.

    • Fisher, Paul.  House of Wits: an Intimate Portrait of the James Family.  Boston: Little, Brown, 2008.

    • Forde, Marcus Peter.  William James's Philosophy.  Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1982.

    • Franzese, Sergio.  The Ethics of Energy: William James's Moral Philosophy in Focus.  Frankfurt: Ontos, 2008.

    • Gale, Richard M.  The Philosophy of William James: an Introduction.  Cambridge: CUP, 2004.

    • Gale, Richard M.  The Divided Self of William James.  1999.

    • Goodman, Russell B.  Wittgenstein and William James.  Cambridge: CUP, 2002.

    • Goodman, Russell B.  "William James."  American Philosophy and the Romantic Tradition.  Cambridge: CUP, 1990.  58-89.

    • Levinson, H.  The Religious Investigations of William James.  Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1981.

    • Miller, Joshua.  Democratic Temperament: the Legacy of William James.  U of Kansa P, 1997.

    • Moore, G. E.  "William James' 'Pragmatism.'"  Philosophical Studies.  London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1922.  97-146.

    • Murphy, Gardner, and Robert O. Ballou.  William James on Psychical Research.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1961.

    • Mustain, Megan.  Overcoming Cynicism: William James and the Metaphysics of Engagement.  London: Continuum, 2011.

    • Myers, Gerald.  William James: his Life and Thought.  New Haven: Yale UP, 1986.

    • Olin, D.  William James: Pragmatism in Focus.  London: Routledge, 1992.

    • Perry, Ralph Barton.  The Thought and Character of William James.  Boston: Little Brown, 1935.

    • Putnam, Ruth Anna, ed., The Cambridge Companion to William James.  Cambridge: CUP, 1997.

    • Reck, A.  Introduction to William James.  Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1967.

    • Richardson, Robert D.  William James: in the Maelstrom of American Modernism.  Mariner, 2007.

    • Royce, Josiah.  "William James and the Philosophy of Life."  The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce.  Vol. 1.  Ed. John J. McDermott.  Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1969.  205-222.

    • Richardson, Robert.  William James: in the Maelstrom of American Modernism.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

    • Russell, Bertrand.  Philosophical Essays.  London: Allen and Unwin, 1910.

      • "Pragmatism."  

      • "William James' Conception of Truth."

    • Santayana, George.  "William James."  Character and Opinion in the United States.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920.  64-96.

    • Seigfried, Charlene Haddock.  William James’s Radical Reconstruction of Philosophy.  Albany: SUNY Press, 1990.

    • Simon, Linda.  Genuine Reality: a Life of William James.  New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1998.

    • Slater, Michael R.  William James on Ethics and Faith.  Cambridge: CUP, 2009.

    • Suckiel, Ellen Kappy.  Heaven’s Champion: William James’s Philosophy of Religion.  Notre Dame, Ind.: U of Notre Dame P, 1996.

    • Tiles, .  "American Pragmatism: James."  The Nineteenth Century.  Ed. C. L. Ten.  Vol. 7 of Routledge History of Philosophy.  London: Routledge, 1994.  381-407.
    • West, Cornel.  "The Historic Emergence of American Pragmatism."  The American Evasion of Philosophy: a Genealogy of Pragmatism.  Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1989.  42-68.
    • Wild, John. The Radical Empiricism of William James.  Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1969.

    • Wilshire, Bruce.  William James and Phenomenology.  Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1968.






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