| William James
11.1. 1842 New York 26.8. 1910 Chocorua (New Hampshire); amerikanischer Philosoph und Psychologe,
Bruder von Henry James
|"A great many people
think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their
|"Man, biologically considered,
and whatever else he may be into the bargain, is the most formidable of all
beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on his own
"Remarks at the Peace Banquet". Lecture 12 in Memories and Studies. New York: Longman Green, 1911: S. 299-306.
assimilation of the new is in fact the type of all intellectual pleasure. The
lust for it is curiosity. The relation of the new to the old, before the
assimilation is performed, is wonder."
The Principles of Psychology, Chap. 19 "The Perception of »Things«", 1890
|"But where would it be if we had
free-will? rejoin the determinists. If a 'free' act be a sheer novelty, that
comes not from me, the previous me, but ex nihilo, and simply tacks itself on
to me, how can I, the previous I, be responsible? How can I have any permanent
character that will stand still long enough for praise or blame to be
awarded?", S. 45
"Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered". Lecture 3 in Pragmatism: A new name for some old ways of thinking. New York: Longman Green and Co (1907): 33-48.
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