The Routledge Guidebook to James's Principles of Psychology is an engaging and accessible introduction to a monumental text that has influenced the development of both psychological science and philosophical pragmatism in important and lasting ways. Written for readers approaching William James's classic work for the first time as well as for those without knowledge of its entire scope, this guidebook not only places this work within its historical context, it provides clear explications of its intertwined aspects and arguments, and examines its relevance within today's psychology and philosophy.
Offering a close reading of this text, The Routledge Guidebook to James's Principles of Psychology is divided into three main parts:
It also includes two useful appendices that outline the sources of James's various chapters and indicate the parallel coverages of two later texts written by James, an abbreviated version of his Principles and a psychological primer for teachers. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this influential work.
David E. Leary is University Professor Emeritus and Dean of Arts and Sciences Emeritus at the University of Richmond, USA.
Author's Preface List of abbreviations I. Background Ch. 1 Life and Work Ch. 2 Substance and Style Ch. 3 Evidence and Interpretation Ch. 4 Psychology and Philosophy II. Principles Ch. 5 Mind and Body Ch. 6 Habit and Thought Ch. 7 Perception and Conception Ch. 8 Imagination and Memory Ch. 9 Cognition and Emotion Ch. 10 Consciousness and Subconsciousness Ch. 11 Attention and Will Ch. 12 Self and Others III. Elaborations Ch. 13 Belief and Reality Ch. 14 Known and Unknown Ch. 15 Publication and Beyond Ch. 16 Epilogue and Prologue Appendix A: Sources and Treatments Appendix B: Coverages and Parallels Bibliography Index