This is the title graphic. I borrowed it from another nice site.

  Site Navigation

William James, 1892
  • Materials at this site.
  • Essays, Excerpts, Letters, and Reviews.
  • Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Life's Ideals.
  • The Principles of Psychology.
  • Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking.
  • The Meaning of Truth.
  • The Will to Believe.
  • Essays in Radical Empiricism.
  • On The Varieties of Religious Experience.
  • A Pluralistic Universe.
  • Other sites on the Internet related to William James.
  • Essays about William James.
  • Bibliographic Information.
  • Reviews of books about William James.
  • Discussion Groups and Chats about William James.
  • Related sites (Dewey, Mead, Peirce).
  • Search the Web for information on William James.

  • "It has sometimes crossed my mind that James wanted to be a poet and an artist, and that there lay in him, beneath the ocean of metaphysics, a lost Atlantis of fine arts: and that he really hated philosophy and all its works, and pursued them only as Hercules might spin or as a prince in a fairy tale sorts seeds for an evil dragon, or as anyone might patiently do some careful work for which he had no aptitude."

    John J. Chapman, a friend of William James

      Material at this site

      Essays, excerpts, letters, and reviews

      From Talks to Teachers

  • Download a pdf OCR copy of Talks to Teachers, first edition, 1899
  • Talks to Teachers in HTML
    Chapter 1 - Psychology and the Teaching Art
    Chapter 2 - The Stream of Consciousness
    Chapter 3 - The Child as a Behaving Organism
    Chapter 4 - Education and Behavior
    Chapter 5 - The Necessity of Reactions
    Chapter 6 - Native Reactions and Acquired Reactions
    Chapter 7 - What the Native Reactions Are
    Chapter   8 - The Laws of Habit
    Chapter   9 - The Association of Ideas
    Chapter 10 - Interest
    Chapter 11 - Attention
    Chapter 12 - Memory
    Chapter 13 - The Acquisition of Ideas
    Chapter 14 - Apperception
    Chapter 15 - The Will


      The Principles of Psychology


    Professor Christopher Green, of York University, has created a Classics in the History of Psychology internet resource site that includes the full text of The Principles of Psychology. The Classics Site has a mirror at Arizona State University that also houses The Principles.

    VOLUME 1

    Chapter 1 - The Scope of Psychology.
    Chapter 2 - The Functions of the Brain.
    Chapter 3 - Conditions of Brain Activity.
    Chapter 4 - Habit. [and see his little book!]
    Chapter 5 - The Automaton Theory.
    Chapter 6 - The Mind-Stuff Theory.
    Chapter 7 - Methods/Snares of Psychology .
    Chapter 8 - Minds to Other Things.
    Chapter 9 - The Stream of Thought.
    Chapter 10 - The Consciousness of Self.
    Chapter 11 - Attention.
    Chapter 12 - Conception.
    Chapter 13 - Discrimination&Comparison.
    Chapter 14 - Association.
    Chapter 15 - The Perception of Time.
    Chapter 16 - Memory.

    VOLUME 2

    Chapter 17 - Sensation.
    Chapter 18 - Imagination.
    Chapter 19 - The Perception of 'Things.'
    Chapter 20 - The Perception of Space.
    Chapter 21 - The Perception of Reality.
    Chapter 22 - Reasoning.
    Chapter 23 - The Production of Movement.
    Chapter 24 - Instinct.
    Chapter 25 - The emotions.
    Chapter 26 - Will.
    Chapter 27 - Hypnotism.
    Chapter 28 - Necessary Truths/Experience.

    Go to top of page

      Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking


    From the Mead Project at Brock University. Transcribed by Lloyd Gordon Ward and Robert Throop. Table of Contents.

    About Pragmatism

      The Meaning of Truth


    From the Mead Project at Brock University. Transcribed by Lloyd Gordon Ward and Robert Throop. Table of Contents.

    Chapter 1 - The Function of Cognition
    Chapter 2 - The Tigers of India
    Chapter 3 - Humanism and Truth
    Chapter 4 - Relation between Knower and Known
    Chapter 5 - The Essence of Humanism
    Chapter 6 - A Word More about Truth
    Chapter 7 - Professor Pratt on Truth
    Chapter   8 - Truth and its Misunderstandings
    Chapter   9 - The Meaning of the Word Truth
    Chapter 10 - The Existence of Julius Caesar
    Chapter 11 - The Absolute and the Strenous Life
    Chapter 12 - Professor Hébert on Pragmatism
    Chapter 13 - Abstractionism and 'Relativismus'
    Chapter 14 - Two English Critics
    Chapter 15 - A Dialogue

    Go to top of page

      The Will to Believe


    The great man at a great time in his life.


      Essays in Radical Empiricism


    From the Mead Project at Brock University. Transcribed by Lloyd Gordon Ward and Robert Throop. Table of Contents.

    Editor's Preface - Ralph Barton Perry.
    Chapter 1 - Does 'Consciousness" Exist?.
    Chapter 2 - A World Of Pure Experience.
    Chapter 3 - The Thing and Its Relations.
    Chapter 4 - How Two Minds Can Know One Thing.
    Chapter 5 - Affectional Facts/Pure Experience.
    Chapter 6 - The Experience of Activity.
    Chapter   7 - The Essence of Humanism.
    Chapter   8 - La Nocion de Conscience (in French).
    Chapter   9 - Is Radical Empiricism Solopsistic.
    Chapter 10 - Mr. Pitkin's Refutation.
    Chapter 11 - Humanism and Truth Once More.
    Chapter 12 - Absolutism and Empiricism.


      On The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study of Human Nature

    Columbia News Video Forum. Scholars Reevaluate the Significance of The Varieties of Religious Experience.

    One hundred years after the publication of William James' The Varieties of Religious Experience, the Center for the Study of Science and Religion and the John Templeton Foundation brought together a group of influential scholars to reevaluate the significance of the classic work that analyzes religious experience within the context of psychology and philosophy. The link above will take you to a description of each lecture by these prominent scholars.

  • Video The Varieties of Religious Experience: William James' Contributions to a Theory of Religion, delivered by Ann Taves
  • Video Damned for God's Glory: William James and the Scientific Vindication of Protestant Culture, delivered by David Hollinger
  • Video The Varieties of Ordinary Experience, delivered by Jerome Bruner
  • Video Pragmatism and an Unseen Order in Varieties, delivered by Wayne Proudfoot

  • Video Also view Richard Rorty speak on the Varieties.
  •   A Pluralistic Universe

      Other sites on the Net related to William James

      Essays/books about William James

      Bibliographic information


      Some Book Reviews

    William James

    Blogs, Discussion Groups, and Chats about William James

    • Yahoo Discussion Group on William James.
    • You can subscribe to an e-mail discussion group on William James by sending an email message to In the message, write: SUBSCRIBE WILLIAMJAMES-L [Your-First-Name Last-Name]
    • You can also subscribe to an e-mail discussion group on William, Henry, Alice, and other members of The James Family. To do this, send an e-mail message to: In the message area, write: SUBSCRIBE JAMESF-L [Your-First-Name Last-Name]
      • You will receive instructions about accessing the archive and posting your own messages.
    • The William James Lecture Hall is "devoted to all contemplations, musings, and queries concerning William James." It's a discussion group.Go to top of page
    • Join the William James Live Recitation.
    • Professor Phil Oliver shares his musings on James and others at Delight Springs and Up@Dawn

      Related Links

      Search the Web, Emory University, York University, Brock University, PsychWeb

    Search Hints: Use key words, and place quotation marks around terms you do not want separated: "william james" avoids meaningless returns for "william" and for "james." You do not neet to type articles or most prepositions. Simply specify the key terms: "william james" habit. If you want to know when William James was born: "william james" born. Google's smart and usually places the most relevant pages up front. Questions work, but only because key words are read by the search engine. Better just to use key terms. If you're looking for passages, enter, within quotation marks, the piece of the passage you think you know. For example, what was it James said about "becoming perfect teachers"? There is no need to use capitals. Searching the various universities will include the full domain, so please be as specific with your search terms as possible.

    Go to top of page

    Search for information on William James
    Emory University houses Talks to Teachers and various essays
    Search WWW Search Emory University
    York houses The Principles and Classics in the History of Psychology;
    Brock houses Pragmatism, Meaning of Truth, and Radical Empiricism
    Search York University Search Brock University
    PsychWeb houses The Varieties of Religious Experience
    Search PsychWeb

     Come back anytime ... hic .... 
    This page was updated Sunday, September 27, 2009. Pages were designed for IE 6+ and for high color. Results will be disappointing with other browsers or fewer colors. I don't have the time or energy to care about how my pages look on Netscape, Firefox, or other browsers. If it looks good on my monitor, I go with it. Enjoy your visit. A note about copyright.

    Today is

    Home | Albert Bandura | Italo Calvino | Self-Efficacy | So long
    Go to top of page

    Visit the Save the Chidren Web Site

    Visit UNICEF

    Visit St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

    Visit Doctors Without Borders

    "On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."