Richard Poirier, 18 October 1984
Show More The Principles of Psychology by William James, introduced by George Miller.
Harvard, 1302 pp., £14.95, December 1983, 0 674 70625 0Show More
A Stroll with William James by Jacques Barzun.
Chicago, 344 pp., £16, October 1983, 0 226 03865 3Show More
Becoming William James by Howard Feinstein.
Cornell, 377 pp., $24.95, May 1984, 0 8014 1617 5Show More
Essays in Psychology by William James, edited by Frederick Burkhardt and Fredson Bowers.
Harvard, 467 pp., £32, April 1984, 0 674 26714 1Show More
“... When, in the summer of 1898, at the age of 56, William James went to Berkeley, California to deliver a series of lectures on pragmatism, he could have used his own life to illustrate the immensely difficult but successful application of one of its tenets: that truth is best seen as ‘what it is better for us to believe’, not as ‘as an accurate representation of reality’, and that what is better for us to believe is what can be ascertained only in and through our actions, not by consultation with fixed ideas or traditions or, notably in his case, by family example ...”