William James

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  • William James Forced Belief Analysis

    William James, the great philosopher and psychologist in the turn of the 19th century had a great deal of beliefs on free will. These beliefs had changed over the years of being a philosopher and psychologist as well as life events that formed his beliefs. While living at home after receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree he battled ill health along with severe depression. According to William James, the depression he was experiencing was due to “crisis of meaning” that were brought by his studies. At this time in his life he believed that the belief in free will and God were just illusions. By this belief he then started believing that his illnesses were genetic and that he would never be able to overcome them. In April of 1870, William…

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  • James Williams Guilty

    found the defendant Guilty. James Williams, you’re sentence is 10 years imprisonment” The hardwood of the gavel hitting the block cracked into the air. It was final. “The court is adjourned.” *** The typewriter awaited like a trusty old friend. It’s keys were reassuringly heavy and mechanical. They danced to their own rhythm, as each crisp white sheet of paper became a work of art. “I saw poets erode into the darkness of America’s insecurities.” A work of art that was so…

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  • William James Accomplishments

    William James (1898-1944), a famous physician, philosopher and psychologist in USA1, is not only known as his academic achievement but also his moving love story with his wife Alice which he had wrote in his book. People tend to call him a tragic genius instead of genius although he enjoyed unbelievable talent in almost every fields. His highly-educated parents and wealthy family made it possible for him to enjoy a well education. He had traveled with his family to so many different countries…

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  • William James The Will To Believe Analysis

    William James wrote in The Will to Believe, “Believe truth! Shun error! - these, we see, are two materially different laws; and by choosing between them we may end by coloring differently our whole intellectual life.” There are many differing hypotheses on the existence of God and in this paper we must grasp that people will always be able to defend where they stand, and why. Both parties in religion, as in, those who believe and those who do not are going to have evidence on their side. In…

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  • The Varieties Of Religious Experience Analysis

    superstitious, exploitative, or, at the very least, wishful thinking. William James saw a need to take an objective look at these arguments and then present his analysis of them. That is what he attempted to accomplish in The Varieties of Religious Experience, which began as a series of lectures. Our purpose is not to provide a definitive treatise on the subject, but to identify some relevant questions, problems, and dilemmas. We will discuss the complex interaction between Religion and…

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  • An Analysis Of Rene Descartes Pragmatism's Conception Of Truth

    the truth, without truly realizing it. However, two famous philosophers did notice this unforeseen quest: Rene Descartes and William James. Rene Descartes delves deeper into the topic of the truth in his philosophical work, “Discourse on Method,” whereas William James further explores the truth, from a distinct perspective, in his philosophical works, “What Pragmatism Means,” and “Pragmatism’s Conception of Truth.” Although both philosophers examine the concept of the truth and do share some…

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  • Schleiermacher's Conception Of Religious Experiences

    world. Two such thinkers are William James and Friedrich Schleiermacher. However, while both of these philosophers agree that religion is centered in religious experiences, the specifics of Schleiermacher’s conception of religious experiences are more realistic and relatable…

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  • Pierce's Pragmatic Maxim Analysis

    However, in summarizing Pierce’s pragmatic principle, James shifts the principle from a theory of meaning and understanding to a theory of truth. James begins his summarization by stating that “what truth means is indeed the conduct it dictates or inspires”. (67) Ironically, this explication of the principle is not what Pierce meant when he developed the pragmatic principle. Pierce equates the principle to be that the meaning of an object or idea is the utility that results from such object or…

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  • Analysis Of The Habit Loop

    proper information, this can be achieved as it’ll later be discussed. The Psychology of Habit William James is most notably known as an American philosopher and psychologist, working extensively on the research behind habits and their integral properties. As mentioned in his book Habit (1914), James introduces a perspective behind habits as follows: “When we look at living creatures from an outward point of view, one of the first things that strike us is that they are bundles of habits. In…

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  • Bystander Effect Analysis

    already been determined to happen or only occur because someone chose to take action… or something in between. Daniel Dennett, a modern philosopher from Boston Massachusetts, is a well known atheist. While Dennett and I don’t agree on many things, specifically the existence of a higher power, he does raise many great observations in his view on the argument of Free Will Vs. Determinism. His argument is one that has been around for over 100 years: compatiblilism. Essentially, compatibilists are…

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