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William James

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William James (1842-1910) William James was a philosopher and psychologist but was most well known in the field of Psychology for developing the philosophy of pragmatism, or the Functionalist theory: "Theory of mental life and behavior that is concerned with how an organism uses its perceptual abilities to function in its environment." He was also the first Psychologist to be born in America. William James was born on January 11, 1842 in New York City. His father, Henry James Sr. was a Swednborgian theologian, and one of his brothers was the great novelist Henry James. Throughout his youth, William attended private schools in the United States and Europe. He later attended the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard University…show more content…
William finally left Harvard University in 1907 and later that year, his later lectures were published in Pragmatism: A New Name for Old Ways of Thinking. This Publication basically summed up William’s contributions to the theory of pragmatism. Pragmatism was first used by an American logician named C. S. Peirce which William expanded upon it, generalizing the pragmatic method, and developing it from the logical
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