In Commemoration of William James, 1842-1942

In Commemoration of William James, 1842-1942

In Commemoration of William James, 1842-1942

In Commemoration of William James, 1842-1942

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This book commemorates the centenary of the birth of William James. William James was born on January 11, 1842. The celebrations of his hundredth birthday began early in the academic year of 1941-1942 and continued through the winter and spring. Universities, schools, colleges, departments of philosophy and psychology, learned societies, religious bodies, public forums in various regions of the land signalized the event by considering anew and ceremonially William James's life and philosophic faith. In its four parts, this book brings together addresses made at the celebrations held by the Conference on Methods in Philosophy and the Sciences, November 23, 1941; the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, December 29, 1941; the Western Division of the American Philosophical Association, April 24, 1942; and several papers read before other groups at different times. The task of assembling the addresses and arranging for their publication -- by no means so simple and easy a task as it looked -- was assumed by Professor Brand Blanshard, Chairman of the Conference on Methods, and Professor Herbert W. Schneider. The composition of this Foreword was assigned to the writer. Miss Shirley Carson, secretary to the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University, has borne the burden of preparing the manuscripts for the press and of correcting the proofs.

Not all of those who participated in the Symposium of the Conference on Methods are represented in this commemorative volume. Death tookBronislaw Malinowski, who had discussed The Moral Equivalent of War , before he could prepare his address for the printer. Born a Pole, living an Englishman, participating in the diversity of primitive as well as European cultures, Malinowski was a pioneer of new ways in the anthropological study of the human enterprise who understood from within its pluralism of cultures and . . .

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