The Philosophy of William James

The Philosophy of William James

The Philosophy of William James

The Philosophy of William James

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In the spring of 1910 M. de Vargas, president of the Association chrétienne suisse d'Etudiants, conceived the idea of appealing to William James, whom he knew to be passing the summer in Europe, to address the Association at its next meeting in Sainte-Croix. The proposal might have seemed an ambitious one, but the illustrious philosopher received it very amiably and replied at once that he would be glad to come to Sainte-Croix, but must make his acceptance conditional on the state of his health when the time arrived. Unfortunately he was obliged, some weeks later, to give up the project because his health had taken a sudden turn for the worse. We now know only too well how rapidly from that time on his final illness developed. Leaving Nauheim, whither he had vainly gone for relief, James crossed Switzerland and stopped for eight days in the early part of July at Geneva; but while there he was so ill that he was able to see only a . . .

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