The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy.New York, London and Bombay: Longmans Green and Co., 1897 Stock Code: 144745
First edition, second impression, reprinted three months after the first. The first publication in book form of ten influential essays by philosopher and psychologist William James in which he presents some of his most developed contributions to psychology, including his understanding of determinism, compatibilism, morality, and pragmatism. Each was first published in journal form but the works truly became popular when they were published in this collection, which was reprinted twice in 1897. James wrote and presented these papers between 1879-96 to a variety of societies, institutes, and university clubs. He later admitted that the controversial eponymous essay, The Will to Believe, should have been called "the right to believe," to indicate his intent to justify holding certain beliefs in certain circumstances, not to imply that belief is justified simply by an act of will.
Octavo. Original cloth, printed paper spine label.
Spine ends frayed, paper label worn with loss of lettering, front hinge cracked and repaired. Gift inscription to the front free endpaper: "G. G. E. from H. N. C. September 1897." Occasional pencil side-ruling and marginalia; a good copy.
McDermott p. 836.
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