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The Jamesian Mind

Edited By

Sarin Marchetti

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ISBN 9780367140007
January 18, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

William James (1842-1910) is widely regarded as the founding figure of modern psychology and one of the most important philosophers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Renowned for his philosophical theory of pragmatism and memorable turns of phrase, such as ‘stream of consciousness’ and the ‘will to believe’, he made enormous contributions to a rich array of philosophical subjects, from the emotions and free will to religion, ethics and the meaning of life.

The Jamesian Mind covers the major aspects of James’s thought, from his early influences to his legacy, with over 40 chapters by an outstanding roster of international contributors. It is organised into seven clear parts:

  • Intellectual Biography
  • Psychology, Mind and Self
  • Ethics, Religion and Politics
  • Method, Truth and Knowledge
  • Philosophical Encounters
  • Legacy.

In these sections fundamental topics are examined, including James’s conceptions of philosophical and scientific inquiry, habit, self, free will and determinism, pragmatism, truth and pluralism. Considerable attention is also devoted to James in relation to the intellectual traditions of empiricism and romanticism as well as to such other philosophical schools as utilitarianism, British idealism, logical empiricism, and existentialism. James’s thought is also situated in an interdisciplinary context, including modernism, sociology and politics, showcasing his legacy in psychology and ethics.

An indispensable resource for anyone studying and researching James’s philosophy, The Jamesian Mind will also interest those in related disciplines such as psychology, religion and sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: William James, A Philosopher without Theories Sarin Marchetti

Part 1: Intellectual Biography

1. William James: A Sketch Linda Simon

2. Young William James, Almost a Philosopher Paul Croce

Part 2: Psychology, Mind, and Self

3. The Psychological Roots of William James’s Thought David Leary

4. The Evolutionary Logic of Freedom Lucas McGranahan

5. William James on Emotions: Physiology and/as Spirituality Shannon Sullivan

6. Willful Inference: Space, Reasoning, and the Art of Fiction in The Principles of Philosophy and The Turn of the Screw Paul Grimstad

7. The Self in James’s Principles Tito Magri

8. James on Personal Identity Carol Rovane

9. James’s Rejection of the Unconscious: A Fallacious Disawoval? Vincent Colapietro

10. William James on Psychical Research: the "Unclassified Residuum" Ermine Algaier IV

Part 3: Ethics, Religion, and Politics

11. On Willing to Believe Scott Aikin

12. Pragmatist Moral Philosophy and Moral Life: Embracing the Tensions Todd Lekan

13. James and the Ethical Importance of Grace Megan Craig

14. The Values-Interests Entanglement Matteo Santarelli

15. William James on Religion as Effort, Surrender, and Power Wayne Proudfoot

16. Faith, Theology, and Human Nature Jeremy Carrette

17. Strenous Citizenship: James and Political Action David Rondel

18. James’s Political Consciousness Trygve Throntveit

19. The Gospel of Heroism Ramon del Castillo

Part 4: Method, Truth, and Knowledge

20. Pragmatism as a Temper: William James and the Idea of Philosophy Stéphane Madelrieux

21. Emotion, Experience and Philosophical Truth in Early James Logi Gunnarsson

22. James’s Pragmatic Maxim and the "Elasticity" of Meaning Henry Jackman

23. William James’s Psychology of Truth Harvey Cormier

24. Certainty, Meaning, and Common Sense Anna Boncompagni

25. William James’s Pluralisms Russell B. Goodman

26. The Radicalization of Empiricism Michela Bella

Part 5: Philosophical Encounters

27. James and the "East": Buddhism and Japan David Scott

28. James and the Ancient World: Pragmatism, Stoicism, and the Rhetoric of Resilience Scott Stroud and Clayton Terry

29. Around or Through Kant? Kantian Transcendental Pessimism and Jamesian Empirical Meliorism Sami Pihlström

30. William James, Romanticism, and the Humanistic Principle Ulf Schulenberg

31. James, British Empiricism, and the Legacy of Utilitarianism Piers S. Stephens

32. The Moral Earth, Too, Is Round: James and Nietzsche on the Aim of Philosophy Rachel Cristy

33. James, British Idealism, and the Reality of Relations Neil Williams

34. James, Verificationism, and Logical Empiricism Massimo Ferrari

35. James and Heidegger on Truth Mark Okrent

36. The Will to Believe in One’s True Being: Love and God in James and Marcel John Shook

37. Learning Correct Blindness: James and Cavell on Acknowledgment Naoko Saito

38. The Legacy of William James Within Putnam’s Philosophy Rosa Calcaterra

Part 6: Legacy

39. William James and the Quest for Meaningful Measurement James Pawelski and David Yaden

40. Science and the Scientific Mindset Martin Halliwell

41. A Self Properly Embodied: William James and 4E Cognition Massimo Marraffa, Michele Di Francesco and Alfredo Paternoster

42. Jamesian Feminism in a Time of Polarization Erin Tarver

43. Jamesian Bioethics: How Moral Obligations Arise from Desires, and How That matters to Healthcare Decision Making Micah Hester

44. Non-Human Animals and the Environment James Albrecht.


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Sarin Marchetti is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy. He is the author of Ethics and Philosophical Critique in William James (2015) and James (2021), and co-editor of Facts and Values: The Ethics and Metaphysics of Normativity (Routledge 2016, with G. Marchetti), and Pragmatism and the European Traditions: Encounters with Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology Before the Great Divide (Routledge 2017, with M. Baghramian).


"Pluralism was an essential part of William James’s philosophical perspective, and the essays in this volume wonderfully live up to this ideal. They range widely, and expertly, over his psychology, philosophy, social theory, and life. Few stones are left unturned. Readers, both new and well-acquainted with James, will delight in this volume’s breadth and depth." - George B. Cotkin, California Polytechnic State University, USA