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JAMES, William.

The Principles of Psychology.

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1890 Stock Code: 144964
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"The foundation of the American school of experimental psychology"

First edition, second printing, of the American philosopher and psychologist's most influential work and "the foundation of the American school of experimental psychology" (Garrison-Morton).

Influenced by his European counterpart and contemporary Wilhelm Wundt, William James (1842-1910) viewed psychology as an experimental science based on physiology: this, his masterwork, contains early statements of his main philosophical ideas such as "stream of consciousness". He founded the earliest laboratory for the study of experimental psychology in America and is considered a leader of both the philosophical movement of Pragmatism and of the psychological movement of functionalism.

For this second printing, two errors in the contents of the first printing are corrected: "the seat of intellectual power" is changed to "not the sole seat of intellect" (vol. 1, p. 10, l. 9-10) and "object of some absent object of sensation" is amended to "object of some absent sensation" (vol. 2, p. 101, l. 20); this copy has variant initial advertisements to that listed in Norman.

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Description

2 volumes, octavo. Original brown cloth, spines lettered in gilt, covers ruled in blind, pale blue endpapers.

Illustrations

Diagrams throughout.

Condition

Cloth, hinges, and joints expertly refurbished, closed tear to rear endpaper of vol. II repaired, light rubbing. Some annotations to text in pencil and blue crayon. A good copy.

Bibliography

Garrison & Morton 4977.2; Horblit 100b; Norman 1153.

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