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The heart of William James

Author: William James; Robert D Richardson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A selection of seventeen essays from the writings of pioneering American psychologist/philosopher William James that provide insight into his thinking on emotion, war, habit, determinism, religion, and other topics.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William James; Robert D Richardson
ISBN: 9780674055612 0674055616 9780674065994 0674065999
OCLC Number: 551199264
Description: xxiii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: What is an emotion? --
The dilemma of determinism --
The perception of reality --
The hidden self --
Habit --
The will --
The gospel of relaxation --
On a certain blindness in human beings --
What makes a life significant --
Philosophical conceptions and practical results --
The Philippine tangle --
The sick soul --
The Ph. D. octopus --
Does "consciousness" exist? --
The energies of men --
Concerning Fechner --
The moral equivalent of war.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Robert Richardson.

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