An Introduction to William James

William James was a 19th century American philosopher who co-founded the school of pragmatism, which presents truth as contextual and useful rather than universal and certain. Born into a wealthy family, he was delivered on January 11, 1842 at the Astor House, the first luxury hotel in New York City. His grandfather had been an Irish immigrant and a rags-to-riches story, and his father, upon inheriting the former’s fortune, lost…



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