The Divided Self of William James (Hardback)
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The Divided Self of William James (Hardback)

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Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 28/02/1999
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This book offers a powerful interpretation of the philosophy of William James. It focuses on the multiple directions in which James's philosophy moves and the inevitable contradictions that arise as a result. The first part of the book explores a range of James's doctrines in which he refuses to privilege any particular perspective: ethics, belief, free will, truth and meaning. The second part of the book turns to those doctrines where James privileges the perspective of mystical experience. Richard Gale then shows how the relativistic tendencies can be reconciled with James's account of mystical experience. An appendix considers the distorted picture of James's philosophy that has been refracted down to us through the interpretations of his work by John Dewey.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521642699
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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'Original in focus and style, Gale's book will certainly be hailed as one of the most stimulating studies of James to have appeared in years. And it will attract a wide readership not only for the benefit of scholars and seminar students but for all those 'out there' beyond the campus border, who for one reason or another read James and about him and his works.' Gerald Myers, author of William James: His Life and Thought
"Original in focus and style, Gale's book will certainly be hailed as one of the most stimulating studies of James to have appeared in years. And it will attract a wide readership not only for the benefit of scholars and seminar students but for all those 'out there' beyond the campus border, who for one reason or another read James and about him and his works." Gerald Myers, author of William James: His Life and Thought
"Well written and carefully argued, this book is a necessary resource for those working on William James." Choice
"Richard Gale's new work is a book of subtlety and acumen, and represents an important step in James's coming of age in the annals of analytic philosophy. Gale very successfully brings James's reconstructed views to bear on the current analytic philosophical literature in metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of religion, but his primary focus remains always on the enriched understanding and development of James's philosophy itself....I found The Divided Self of William James to be a rigorous, subtle, and inusually fruitful book, which should provide the basis for much future scholarship. It breaks new ground on fundamental points, and offers a feast of ideas for anyone interested in James's philosophy." Transactions of the Charles S. Pierce Society
"...this work takes its place as a significant and fresh contribution to the technical literature on William James." Isis
"Books on William James quickly succed on another nowadays, but the best and most durable to appear is Richard Gale's The Divided Self of William James. What makes this book execptional is its intimate grasp of Jame's thought and of the thinker behind it." Philosophy and Phenomenological

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