9780691192161-0691192162-Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life

Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life

ISBN-13: 9780691192161
ISBN-10: 0691192162
Author: Kaag, John
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Hardcover 224 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780691192161
ISBN-10: 0691192162
Author: Kaag, John
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Hardcover 224 pages

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Acknowledged authors Kaag, John wrote Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life comprising 224 pages back in 2020. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0691192162 and 9780691192161. Since then Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 4.56 or rent at the marketplace.

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From the celebrated author of American Philosophy: A Love Story and Hiking with Nietzsche, a compelling introduction to the life-affirming philosophy of William James

In 1895, William James, the father of American philosophy, delivered a lecture entitled "Is Life Worth Living?" It was no theoretical question for James, who had contemplated suicide during an existential crisis as a young man a quarter century earlier. Indeed, as John Kaag writes, "James's entire philosophy, from beginning to end, was geared to save a life, his life"―and that's why it just might be able to save yours, too. Sick Souls, Healthy Minds is a compelling introduction to James's life and thought that shows why the founder of pragmatism and empirical psychology―and an inspiration for Alcoholics Anonymous―can still speak so directly and profoundly to anyone struggling to make a life worth living.

Kaag tells how James's experiences as one of what he called the "sick-souled," those who think that life might be meaningless, drove him to articulate an ideal of "healthy-mindedness"―an attitude toward life that is open, active, and hopeful, but also realistic about its risks. In fact, all of James's pragmatism, resting on the idea that truth should be judged by its practical consequences for our lives, is a response to, and possible antidote for, crises of meaning that threaten to undo many of us at one time or another. Along the way, Kaag also movingly describes how his own life has been endlessly enriched by James.

Eloquent, inspiring, and filled with insight, Sick Souls, Healthy Minds may be the smartest and most important self-help book you'll ever read.

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