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On some of life's ideals On a certain blindness in human beings; What makes a life significant,

Author: William James
Publisher: New York, H. Holt and Co., 1912.
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"This book is divided into two sections: On a certain blindness in human beings and What makes a life significant. In my previous talk, 'On a Certain Blindness, ' I tried to make you feel how soaked and shot-through life is with values and meanings which we fail to realize because of our external and insensible point of view. The meanings are there for the others, but they are not there for us. There lies more than  Read more...
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James, William, 1842-1910.
On some of life's ideals.
New York, H. Holt and Co., 1912
(DLC)a 12001284
(OCoLC)2178442
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William James
OCLC Number: 297880340
Notes: Reprinted from Talks to teachers on psychology.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (2 preliminary leaves, 3-94 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: On a certain blindness in human beings.--
What makes a life significant.
Other Titles: Life's ideals.
Responsibility: by William James.

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"This book is divided into two sections: On a certain blindness in human beings and What makes a life significant. In my previous talk, 'On a Certain Blindness, ' I tried to make you feel how soaked and shot-through life is with values and meanings which we fail to realize because of our external and insensible point of view. The meanings are there for the others, but they are not there for us. There lies more than a mere interest of curious speculation in understanding this. It has the most tremendous practical importance. I wish that I could convince you of it as I feel it myself. It is the basis of all our tolerance, social, religious, and political. The forgetting of it lies at the root of every stupid and sanguinary mistake that rulers over subject-peoples make. The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own peculiar ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours. No one has insight into all the ideals. No one should presume to judge them offhand. The pretension to dogmatize about them in each other is the root of most human injustices and cruelties, and the trait in human character most likely to make the angels weep. For the remainder of this hour I invite you to seek with me some principle to make our tolerance less chaotic. And, as I began my previous lecture by a personal reminiscence, I am going to ask your indulgence for a similar bit of egotism now"--Book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).

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