Thursday, December 25, 2008
A Stroll with William James
Reading William James can be satisfying; reading Barzun on James is paradigm-shifting. Here is an interpreter who pulls together not only what makes James important but the critical points of modern approaches to understanding the self and the world. Chatty and a bit rambling, the book still provides an expansive picture of contemporary forms of thinking through the lens William James.
A Stroll with William James has the potential of bringing people from the 19th c. to the 21st c.-- if they are willing to set aside what they think they already know about how the world works.