The weather is getting colder, the nights are getting shorter and it’s back to NotSchool time for September. We’re starting out fashionably late this month with Psychology: The Briefer Course by William James (get the text here), written in 1892 as an abridgment of his monumental Principles of Psychology. (And all this was well before he became the name brand of pragmatism, as covered in PEL’s episodes on James.) We’re focusing on Chapters XI and XII.
If you’ve got a background in the sciences and are looking for a good bridge over into the slightly more nebulous study of the Love of Knowledge, this is the text to use. If you are interested in a cogent look into the function of the self in our experience of the world, this is the text to use. If you like coffee drinks with long names, wearing all black, and Dostoevsky… well… you’re beyond my help, but if you want to jump in and swing, you’re still welcome!
I look forward to seeing some new handles and hearing different opinions. Join Not School and the Intro Readings in Philosophy group. The text is very scientific, so there is not a whole lot of room for interpretation as to what the author means, but this is what makes it a very good tool to shape your own philosophy. Let us know your thoughts!