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William James

Philosopher, Psychologist
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Net worth 2018: $9 Million
Industry: Psychologists
Residence: New York City, New York
Country: United States
BirthDay: 11 January 1842
Sigh: Aquarius
Died On: August 26, 1910
Education: Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

William James was bornon 11 January 1842 in New York City, New York, American, is Philosopher, Psychologist. William James, popularly recognized as ‘Father of American psychology’, started off his journey as a physician and later turned out to become one of the leading and influential philosophers and psychologists of the United States. He is also one of the main persons associated with philosophical school known as pragmatism. He is also cited as one of the founders of functional psychology. With a back up of many theories he proposed, he also explored the areas of religion, morality, metaphysics, human freedom and social philosophy. It was his provocative ideology along with his unique writing style that made his work more impactful. His writings touch a wide array of topics like metaphysics, religion, education, psychology and many more. His influenced great intellectuals such as Edmund Husserl, Bertrand Russell Richard Rorty and the U.S. President Jimmy Carter who could not ignore his philosophical school of thoughts.


As per an empirical study by Haggbloom, (on the basis of six criteria such as citations, recognition etc), William James has been ranked as 14th on the list of most eminent psychologists of the 20th century


His Collected Essays and Reviews and The Letters of William James were also framed into two volumes by his son Henry (1920)He also founded the American Society for Psychical Research


Pragmatism (1907) and A Pluralistic Universe (1909) were his last publication during his lifetime


Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life’s Ideals (1899)


The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy: the first book on philosophy which is a dedication to Charles Sanders Peirce (1897)


The Principles of Psychology (1890), a book that took ten long years to complete but touched some great personalities like Bertrand Russell and John DeweyThe Varieties of Religious Experience (1920) are his lectures based on religious experiences and focused on the underlying basis of religious experiences and the various energies that impact the thought process of religionists


During most part of 1882-1883 James was in Europe visiting laboratories and meeting psychologists to delve deeper in psychological studies and its procedures


In 1872, he started with teaching physiology and continued to move to anatomy and philosophy


After perpetual breaks, he finally got his medical degree in 1869 but he did not practice


It was only in 1863 that he finally joined the Harvard’s Medical School, before which he studied chemistry and physiology at the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard University


His voluntary participation in the American Civil War in 1861 and scientific expedition to Brazil all had to be given up due to health problems


William James’ early interests in drawing took him to study under an American portraitist, William Morris Hunt (1860) though his love for art did not last long due to his lack of contentment and indecisiveness


William James was born on January 11, 1842 in Aston House, New York to Henry James, Sr

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