William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

William James In the Maelstrom of American Modernism The definitive biography of the fascinating William James whose life and writing put an indelible stamp on psychology philosophy teaching and religion on modernism itselfPivotal member of the Meta

  • Title: William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism
  • Author: Robert D. Richardson Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780618433254
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The definitive biography of the fascinating William James, whose life and writing put an indelible stamp on psychology, philosophy, teaching, and religion on modernism itselfPivotal member of the Metaphysical Club, author of The Varieties of Religious Experience, eldest sibling in the extraordinary James family, William emerges here as an immensely complex and curious mThe definitive biography of the fascinating William James, whose life and writing put an indelible stamp on psychology, philosophy, teaching, and religion on modernism itselfPivotal member of the Metaphysical Club, author of The Varieties of Religious Experience, eldest sibling in the extraordinary James family, William emerges here as an immensely complex and curious man.William James, ten years in the making, draws on a vast number of unpublished letters, journals, and family records to illuminate what James himself called the buzzing blooming confusion of his life Richardson shows James struggling to achieve amid the domestic chaos and intellectual brilliance of his father, his brother Henry, and his sister Alice There are portraits of James s early years as a student at the appallingly hidebound Harvard of the 1860s And there are the harrowing suicidal episodes, after which James, still a young man, turns from depression to action with a heave of will Through impassioned scholarship, Richardson illuminates James s hugely influential works the Varieties, Principles of Psychology, Talks to Teachers, and Pragmatism.As a longtime professor James taught courage and risk taking He was W.E.B Du Bois s adviser and teacher, and he told another of his students, Gertrude Stein, to reject nothing that rejecting anything was the beginning of the end for an intellectual One of the great figures in mysticism, James coined the phrase stream of consciousness.

    • [PDF] Ð Free Read ↠ William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism : by Robert D. Richardson Jr. ↠
      380 Robert D. Richardson Jr.
    • thumbnail Title: [PDF] Ð Free Read ↠ William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism : by Robert D. Richardson Jr. ↠
      Posted by:Robert D. Richardson Jr.
      Published :2018-012-06T08:43:13+00:00

    1 thought on “William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism”

    1. Robert Richardson characterizes his splendid biography of William James (1842 -- 1910) as seeking "to understand his life through his work, not the other way around." Richardson succeeds admirably in giving the reader the thought of William James in the many fields to which he made seminal contributions: psychology, religious studies, philosophy, pedagogy, and literature. He also offers an inspiring picture of James the man. Indeed, as Richardson shows, James's life is closely intertwined with h [...]

    2. By the end of the book I found myself underlining entire paragraphs, writing "Yes!" on every other page, in an absolutely satisfying, intellectual climax. Robert Richardson uses William James' works to walk us through the mind of William James. Richardson has a keen eye for brilliant minds, having already done a biography on another great American luminary: Ralph Waldo Emerson. Richardson traces the evolution of James' thought through stoicism, anatomy and physiology, experimental psychology, qu [...]

    3. This is a beautiful book about a beautiful man. It's long (500+ pages) and yet the story of James' life seems to fly by in reading it. Richardson has that rare quality of being both a scholarly, thorough biographer and a fine writer, and the dedication he brings to his subject here makes me want to read his books on Thoreau and Emerson. The high points of this book are too many to list, but there are a few worth special mention. First, Richardson tells the story of James very specifically as he [...]

    4. A remarkable book that not only illuminates the life of America's premier psychologist and philosopher but also presents an all-encompassing portrait of the social, intellectual, and philosophical environment of 19th century American culture. OK, so it sounds dry, but it's not. Robertson is an excellent writer, accessible and engaging, and his biography of James lays the foundation for many of the intellectual struggles that dominate headlines early in the 21st century, most notably the evolutio [...]

    5. با شوق و ذوق خواندنش را شروع کردم. اما خیلی سریع ناامیدم کرد. بسیار طولانی و ملال انگیز. مجبوری با دور تند بخوانی تا مگر به چیزی ارزشمند برسی. رهایش کردم. خواندنش را توصیه نمی کنم.

    6. For Annie, who wrote, “We have less time than we knew and that time buoyant, and cloven, lucent, missile, and wild.”I am; what I amMy dust will be again.The rain it raineth every day.‘Tis write on Paradise’s gateWo to the dupe who yields to fateThe understanding’s copper coincounts not with the gold of love.William’s intellectual mood swings are related to his emotional weather.Growing up ZigzagI have to consider lucre.It was clear that the younger generation of Jameses would have to [...]

    7. A masterful biography of one of the most under-appreciated minds in the history of Western thought. James emerges as a man of remarkable character, generosity, and passion, to say nothing of his endlessly influential works such as The Principles of Psychology, Pragmatism, and The Varieties of Religious Experience. His constant battles with severe health issues, tragedy, and depression are at once inspiring and heart-wrenching. Robert Richardson's brilliant prose, passion, and extensive scholarsh [...]

    8. An excellent intellectual history.I'm not the biggest fan of biographies--like Peter Galison, I don't think the span of a human life is useful unit of historical analysis. Events precede a person's birth and continue after their death, following their own logic. But allowing that is a problem with biographies, this one is perceptive and nuanced and informative.Richardson knows and understands James the intellectual and James the man. For the most part he lets James speak for himself, but he isn' [...]

    9. How in the world I learned about this book I cannot remember. It is one of those felicitous happenings in my reading life. William James was a brilliant thinker who opened his mind to all experiences. He was chronically ill, still incredibly active physically. He was preoccupied with the things of his mind, still a good father and an exceptionally loving friend and brother. Henry James said of him: "my protector, my backer, my authority, my pride." One can read this for the American philosophy a [...]

    10. One of the best books I've read all year. Excellent biographies like this one illuminate the subject, of course -- James as a philosopher, James at Harvard, as brother of Henry, etc. -- but also the times, the epoch, the whole context. The "Maelstrom of Modernism" that Richardson describes is the beginning of psychology!, the emergence of an American philosophy of which James was a charter member (Pragmatism), the transition into this whole new way of thinking, with cameos by the young upstart F [...]

    11. A probing and insightful biography of a great American thinker, "William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism" is also a moving portrait of chronic depression, and how love is one of the strongest cures of all.

    12. I've always been fascinated by William James - enough so that I was happy to read a 422 page intellectual biography of him. Unfortunately, Robert D. Richardson wrote a 521 page intellectual biography.

    13. This was a wonderful read! William James is supremely interesting as is this time period in American history. I don't agree with WJ in all respects but I do love his obsession with experience and I find myself both attracted and repulsed by his ideas.

    14. This breathtaking work on James can be considered the third in Richardson's biographical trilogy of extraordinary American men--Thoreau, Emerson, and now james. I am not interested enough in the first two figures to abandon other readings for long biographical treks, but I am tempted, such is Richardson's prowess. (This did get me thinking, however, that I really need to read a bio of Joseph Conrad. There seem to be many available, but I don't have a feel for which is best…) Robert Richardson [...]

    15. It may go without saying, but readers will need some interest in the subject to read this 580-page, heavily indexed, 2006 biography of William James. And since I am not a scholar, I simply ignored the weighty subtitle: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism - though, if you are a scholar, this might reassure your well-lofted sensibilities. Author Robert Richardson, who has also written biographies on Emerson and Thoreau, states this book was no less than ten years in the making. I believe it. Fr [...]

    16. I really liked William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism because it gave me some good insights into the life of Henry James's elder brother, a successful writer and thinker in his own right. Since I'm writing a paper on Henry James's work right now, some of which I hope will go into my dissertation, I wanted to get some background on William's life and writing, especially his writing about the psychology of emotion, which is my area of interest in Henry's fiction. William James artic [...]

    17. I have to collect myself to do this book justice. It's really a long slog but as an intellectual history as well as a detailed and psychologically-indepth biography of America's greatest philosopher (can we say that?) it's a must read. The older brother of Henry James was an amalgam of hard-headed academic bureaucrat; sensitive mentor to students; charismatic lecturer; workaholic who lived at least 50% of the time away from home (and had dalliances with a few ladies not his wife); and believer i [...]

    18. I'm a big fan of Robert Richardson as a biographer. I started with his "Emerson," then his "Thoreau," and then this one. I was not disappointed, it just didn't ring for me the way the others did. What I liked best was his description of how the field of American psychology emerged as a steppingstone between neurophysiology (his first discipline), and philosophy (his last). I was also struck how the life of privilege he lived --born to a genteel Boston family, sent to fine schools, eased into Har [...]

    19. I admit, I didn't get all the way through this. It is neither a good biography nor a good review of James's philosophy. Richardson clearly did a lot of research, but much of it is carry over from his other novels on Emerson and Thoreau. It's like he purposely tries to tie in facts and anecdotes into this novel, that he's found previously. It's all very forced. Plus, he doesn't use consistent names for anyone. It's confusing enough that there were like 3 people called William and 2 called Alice a [...]

    20. I have just started reading this biography of William James. I took a class on the James family with the author (Bob Richardson) when he was almost finished with the book. The class was a great learning experience, and it made me realize how amazing the James family was. I bought this book as soon as it came out, and it has been sitting on my shelf for a while now. So, I finally broke it out--and so far so good. I hope to read his biographies of Thoreau and Emerson as well.

    21. I gave this four stars, not due to any weakness in the author or subject, but my own: I had a hard time following some of the philosophical sections. Still, this is a wonderful book that gives a rich picture of the man and the scholar. It must have been a wonderful experience to have James as a teacher!

    22. Good over view of the intellectual biography of William James. Usually engaging, at times the book can be overly detailed. It introduces the wide range of interests James took up in his personal life and in his academic career, so that the reader can pursue in greater depth those areas of particular interest.

    23. This is an excellent biography of the man who founded the Psychology department at Harvard University. It is also a glimpse into this amazing family whose members contributed much to American culture. As a psychiatrist I found it very interesting how both William, his father, and his sister dealt with episodes of what we today would see as episodes of psychiatric illness.

    24. Richardson does a great job providing a look at the life and work of William James. As an experimental psychologist I find myself more and more shocked that for 100 years the field has seemed to have forgotten the lessons James provided and now we spend way too much time reinventing the wheel James constructed.

    25. Fun facts: While James was studying at the Lawrence Scientific School he took time to hear John Wilkes Booth act in Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.Harvard's curriculum in the early 1860's was "largely fixed and uninteresting"

    26. This is one of the best biographies I have read in recent years. Places William James in the context of his very gifted family, and of his rock-ribbed New England forebears. But also charts the course of his adventurous and inquiring intellect.

    27. what shall we say about william james? elbow behind back, arm dangling by the side, the flags not even at half mast. there is no such thing as half mast. w j : brother of henry, wilky, the other one, sister of alice.

    28. Excellent biography of a fascinating character. As William said of his brother, "he was a native of the James family and had no other country." The book provides an excellent entry into James's thought and writings.

    29. Great biography of one of amazing minds of American psychology and philosophy at turn of century. Dynamic man who lived a full varied pragmatic life!

    30. A fascinating read for those interested in the evolution of modern thought. Richardson does an excellent job blending James's domestic life with the development and articulation of his ideas.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *